China Guidelines to Reduce Corn and Soybean Meal in Poultry Feed Formulations

Thursday, May 13, 2021

China has issued guidelines recommending a reduction of corn and soymeal in poultry and pig feed, Reuters reported on May 05 in Poultry World.  A drop in output and state stockpiles has resulted in a surge in the price of corn in China, the report said. The new guidelines, however, may not do much in the near term to temper soaring feed costs. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs noted that the new guidelines are aimed at improving the usage of available raw materials and creating a formula that better suits China’s conditions.  

China consumes about 175 million MT of corn each year in animal feed, and this figure is set to rise. The country also imports about 100 million MT of soybeans, also for animal feed. The Ministry said rice, cassava, rice bran, barley, and sorghum were also suitable alternatives to corn, while rapeseed meal, cottonseed meal, peanut meal, sunflower meal, distillers dried grains, palm meal, flaxmeal, sesame meal, and corn processing byproducts were good options to replace soymeal. The ministry also provided some suggested feed formulations depending on the region in the country.  In some regions, it recommended eliminating soybean meal completely and replacing it with other meals. 

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