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China's top pig farming firm to follow new lower protein feed standards

FILE PHOTO: Pigs are pictured at a farm on the outskirts of Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan province November 30, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - China’s top pig farming company Wens Foodstuffs Group Co Ltd (300498.SZ) will comply with new government-backed guidelines on lower protein in animal feed, a company executive said, adding however that the impact on its operations would be minimal.

China’s Feed Industry Association last month approved new standards for pig and chicken feeds, with lower protein levels as Beijing seeks to reduce its consumption of soymeal amid an ongoing trade spat with major soybean supplier the United States.

Wens has pledged to follow the guidelines, Yang Junpeng, deputy general manager of purchasing told an industry event on Wednesday. But he said it would have only a small impact on the company as its formulas are already very close to the new rules.

The rules have no impact on its poultry feed, and will only require a change to feed for pigs above 75 kilograms, said Yang.

“In recent years we’ve been continually optimizing our formulations,” he said.

Wens Foodstuff is China’s top producer of pigs, slaughtering more than 10 million pigs in the first half of the year, and 330 million chickens.

Outbreaks of African swine fever are currently restricting farmers’ ability to replenish their herds.

The highly contagious disease has been reported in 17 provinces across China, including its major pig producing regions, forcing Beijing to roll out restrictions on the transport of live pigs across the country.

“Next year pig prices in the second half will be comparatively positive, though we still need to see how African swine fever evolves and the ongoing impact from environmental policies,” he said.

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue and Darren Schuettler

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