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China Mulls Cutting Protein in Animal Feed

Move highlights Beijing’s concern that hefty Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans will tighten supplies

China Mulls Cutting Protein in Animal Feed

China is considering limiting the amount of protein used to feed pigs and poultry, draft proposals from the country’s industry group showed, highlighting Beijing’s concern that hefty Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans will tighten supplies.

Reuters reports China’s Feed Industry Association wants to limit the amount of crude protein and total phosphorus in feeds for pigs, layers, and white feathered broilers at different growth stages, according to a draft document published on the semi-official industry group’s website in late September.

The world’s top consumer of oilseed is seeking various ways to cut soymeal in animal feed including turning to alternative meals and reducing protein levels.

With soymeal prices soaring on trade war worries, analysts say Chinese farmers and feed producers will be more motivated to cut soymeal use in animal feed.

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