Genesus Global Market Report China, April 2020

by Lyle L. Jones, Director of Sales in China

The first reported case of ASF broke on August 3, 2018, in China. Despite significant losses of production, the slaughter pig price remained stable during the first half of 2019 as a result of increased flow to slaughterhouses, built up of cold storage and increased pork Imports.

Pig and Pork Prices Set Historic Records in China

After the flow of pigs to slaughter began to dry up in June, live pig prices began to rise sharply until the end of October 2019. After a slight drop in November 2019, the price reached its peak at RMB 38.3 yuan per kg ($2.45/lb) in February 2020 after the Chinese New Year.

To stabilize the pork price, the central government implemented a series of measures to stabilize the supply. Pork imports grew rapidly in 2019 with the total importation reaching 2.108 million tons representing a 75% increase. Meanwhile, the central reserve released 140,000 tons of frozen pork in a further effort to stabilize the supply and pork prices.

Sow Inventory and Pig Production Output Over the Last 10 Years.

The breeding sow inventory in China has been declining year by year over the last 10 years. However, the output of the slaughter pigs remained relatively stable due to increased production efficiency until they drop in 2019 due to the ASF outbreak.

Production Sow and Pig Inventories Increase Over the Last 5 Months.

The number of production sows in February 2020 increased by 1.7% month-on-month according to the monitoring of 400 designated counties all over the country. It is five consecutive months of growth month-on-month. That is a 10.0% growth compared with last September. The breeding sows inventory is reported to continue increase in 27 provinces.

Outlook for 2020

Driven by the strong demand for pork of the Chinese people, record prices and billions in policy incentives, the confidence of pig producers has been greatly enhanced.

  • Giantstar will invest 2.9 billion yuan to build one million hog production system in Ya’an city of Sichuan.
  • Suining county of Jiangsu province invites Wens, New Hope, Zhengbang and Muyuan to build new pig farms in the regions, a total of 3.3 million hogs per year.
  • Chongqing Dazheng Animal Husbandry Ltd is building 3000 sows’ farm in Hechuan County of Chongqing, aiming to produce 70,000 hogs per year. The list of new investments goes on.

To further support the hog production following ASF, China recently released a statement encouraging Chinese Companies to ”go global” and establish pig production bases in other countries with a good food safety practice and no ASF.


The biggest challenge is finding high-quality breeding stock to resupply the breeding herds needed to rebuild China’s production systems. Unfortunately, there is a  global shortage of breeding pigs to draw upon. Genesus is here to help China’s producers resupply their breeding farms with the highest quality genetics from the World’s Largest Purebred Registered Nucleus Herds.

Genesus Welcomes
Chad Bierman, PhD

Genesus is very pleased to announce the appointment
of Dr. Chad Bierman, PhD to the position of Geneticist.  

As a Geneticist he will oversee genetic improvement programs at genetic nucleus farms, provide leadership for our health R&D program and provide genetic improvement technical support for customers.

Chad has over 18 years of experience in the pig genetics industry in various genetic improvement and research and development roles. In addition to his extensive experience in developing and managing genetic improvement programs, his production and customer support experience will serve him well in his new role.

As a member of the Genesus genetic program team, he will collaborate with other team members, university and government researchers and Genesus technical and sales staff.

“We look forward to Chad’s contributions to our program. His skill set, experience, and desire to develop the best genetics for our pork industry make him an excellent choice for this position. Furthermore, Chad’s Iowa location provides the opportunity to continually engage our US-based genetic program partners and collaborators. Our genetic improvement and R&D programs continue to develop and finding the right people to lead these programs is a key to the future of Genesus” 

says Dr. Bob Kemp, VP of Genetic Programs and R&D.

Chad holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BS and MS degrees from South Dakota State University. Agriculture has always been part of his life having been born and raised on a livestock and crop farm in southwest Minnesota. Chad resides in Indianola, IA with his wife and children.