China feed production up 30 percent in January, February
Poultry, livestock production increase, product structure of feed changes
Output of China's feed companies reached 13.88 million tons in January and 14.6 million tons in February, totaling 28.48 million tons, up 30 percent from same time in 2011, according to China's National Bureau of Statistics.
At the beginning of 2012, China's poultry and livestock production increased from 2011 numbers, particularly pig production, which was up 5.5 percent. These numbers, in turn, led to the increase of feed output. Another reason for the increase in feed production was significant growth in complete feed production. With this sector gaining more market share than concentrated feed, the product structure of industrial feed changed, which required more feed to be produced.
Large-scale feed companies continue to expand and feed prices are increasing, both of which contribute to the increase of companies' sales.