Protein competition on rise in China
By Sally Rae, Rural Life (New Zealand)
8 July 2019
Increased protein competition in China is being cited by Rabobank as something to watch as strong demand for beef from China drives up export returns.
In Rabobank's latest Agribusiness Monthly report, animal protein and sustainability analyst Blake Holgate said the China Meat Association had announced the Chinese government would be expanding its sourcing of animal protein products in an attempt to replace the lost pork production that had resulted from the African Swine Fever outbreak.
That might include allowing imports of Indian buffalo and lifting the current ban on UK beef. There were also reports of an increase in the number of international meat facilities being accredited for export into China.
Over the longer term, that would increase competition in China for New Zealand beef exporters, Mr Holgate said.
Meanwhile, there was a solid lift in farmgate prices over the last month with the national cow cull trailing off at a quicker rate than it did last season, increasing procurement pressure...