Pigs are herded off a platform into water by breeders during a daily exercise at a pig farm near Shenyang in the Chinese province of Liaoning. China is shifting much of its pork production to automated, intensive hogs barns from backyard pig pens.  |  REUTERS photo

China plans to supersize its hog production sector

WUXUAN COUNTY, China (Reuters) — Surrounded by mountains in a remote part of southwestern China, Xinguangan’s first large-scale, modern pig farm is getting ready to produce its first offspring. By the end of the year, 10,000 sows will live inside two huge barns on this 180-acre site, producing up to 280,000 piglets annually, or about […] Read more

China is looking to artificial intelligence to improve its hog herd. Here, farmer Shi Hongwei feeds his pigs in Xiaoxinzhuang village Hebei province earlier this year.  |  REUTERS/Dominique Patton photo

China takes hog farming to next level

New technology that uses a combination of machine vision, voice recognition and temperature sensors is being used on hog farms in China in a bid to increase herd health and reduce mortalities. Due to a bigger appetite for pork from China’s middle class, the country is stepping up efforts to increase its national pig herd […] Read more

Most of the barley that Canada has exported this year is malt grade for China’s surging beer market.  |  File photo

Malting barley exports are frothy

Cheers to Canadian barley exporters. The crop has been moving at an incredible clip so far in the 2017-18 crop year. Exporters shipped 925,300 tonnes of barley through week 27 of the campaign, an 85 percent increase over the same period the previous crop year. “It’s pretty phenomenal this year,” said Phil de Kemp, executive […] Read more


Analysts worry that China’s demand for food will decrease if population estimates for the country prove correct. Here, shoppers check out the rabbit meat counter at a Walmart in Chongqing in central China in this file photo from 2011.  | REUTERS/Terril Yue Jones photo

China’s population expected to drop after 2027

Declining demand from China as population falls could have huge implications for the world’s agricultural exporters

With 2.7 billion people, China and India represent about 37 percent of the earth’s population. In comparison to Canada, those two countries have a population of 1,000 cities the size of Toronto. It’s been well reported that India will soon exceed China as the most populous country on Earth. What’s less known is that China’s […] Read more

Following a trade mission by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that concluded yesterday, there is an agreement to launch a pilot project on the export of chilled and fresh beef and pork from

China-Canada meat deal includes pilot project

The federal agriculture department revealed more details Dec. 7 about greater access for Canadian beef and pork in the Chinese market. Following a trade mission by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that concluded yesterday, there is an agreement to launch a pilot project on the export of chilled and fresh beef and pork from “Canadian establishments […] Read more


More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed. | File photo

China agrees to accept more Canadian meat

More beef and pork can be sold into China following an agreement announced today by the federal government, but details are yet to be revealed. According to the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian bone-in beef, fresh chilled beef and pork products could see expanded access in a deal that could increase exports by up to $100 […] Read more

Chinese maltsters are importing barley from Canada but Australia’s crop, although small, is coming on the market so exports may start to slow down.  |  File photo

China snapping up barley exports

Bulk barley exports are more than double last year’s pace de-spite a smaller overall crop. Canadian exporters shipped out 542,000 tonnes of the crop through Week 15 of the 2017-18 crop year, compared to 240,000 tonnes the same time last year. That is a 126 percent increase despite a drop in total supply of the […] Read more

NAFTA talks dominate the news but a potential deal with China is important to Canada’s livestock and grain sectors. | File photo

The other trade talks: negotiations with China ongoing

In a normal year, a potential free trade deal between Canada and China would be massive news — at least in Canada. In 2017, it barely merits a mention on TV or in the business section of newspapers. That’s because re-negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and President Donald’s Trump’s tweets about NAFTA […] Read more


Ethanol-blended gasoline makes up only a fifth of gasoline use in China for now. | Flickr/Bev Sykes photo

China set for ethanol binge as Beijing pumps up renewable fuel drive

BEIJING, Sept 13 (Reuters) – China’s bold plan to blend renewable fuels into its gasoline supply within three years will revolutionise its fledging biofuels industry, industry players said, likely spurring billions of dollars in investment in ethanol factories. On Wednesday, state media reported Beijing plans to roll out the use of a gasoline known as […] Read more

Port of Rizhao. | China Ports and Harbours Association photo

Soybean cargoes piling up at China’s ports as imports surge

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — Ships carrying as much as 700,000 tonnes of soybeans are lined up along China’s coast waiting to discharge, traders said, as huge purchases in recent months by the world’s top buyer led to severe congestion and lifted stockpiles to multi-year highs. The slowdown at the ports and long wait times to […] Read more