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WORLD PORK PRODUCTION
some meat processing plants. Brazil ranks ﬁfth in world
pork production, behind China, US, Germany and Spain.
Brazilian exports accounted for 10 percent of the world's
pork trade in 2016.
According to Rabobank, exports remain the key
for the Brazilian pork industry, given the expected 3
percent production increase, which points to a positive
2017. Balanced supply and rising exports, combined
with the expected decline in feed costs, will support
production and exports in 2017.
Russia: meeting demand
The USDA forecasts that swine numbers in Russia will
increase 2.2 percent to 22.335 million head by the end of
2017. Pork production in 2017 is expected to rise by less
than 1 percent to 2.98 mmt.
The top pork producers continue investing in the sector, shifting from production expansion to operational efﬁciency. Russia's industrialized pork producers are nearing the ability to satisfy domestic demand, which means
imports are expected to fall 13.5 percent in 2017.
Highlights from across the world
In Canada , the hog sector sees continued but moderate growth in 2017, having nearly reached record
volumes. Pork exports are not expected to be as high as
the record levels reached in 2016. Canada is the eleventh largest pork producer in the world, and its exports
represented 16 percent of world pork trade in 2016,
making it the third largest pork exporter in the world,
behind the EU and the U.S.
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Mexico increased its pork production in 2016 by
3.75 percent, according to ofﬁcial statistics. Pork exports increased 9.5 percent in 2016, with Japan being
by far the largest market for Mexican pork. Mexican
pork exports represented 1.7 percent of the world's
trade in 2016. Mexico is the third largest importer of
pork in the world, behind China and Japan. It is the top
importer of U.S. pork.
Chile exports about 2 percent of the world's pork.
Since 2012, the sow herd has been steadily dropping
and continued to do so in 2016, ending with 194,000
Thailand has too many sows for the volume of national pork market demand. Industry experts estimate
that there were between 1.1 and 1.2 million breeding sows on farms in Thailand at the start of 2017.
However, the requirement at present is for no more than
950,000 sows. The result is a relatively poor farm price
that leaves only a low margin, especially for independent producers who are not linked to an integration.
South Korea's sow herd is expected to continue to
expand in 2017. The various estimates of sow herd size
range from 974,000 to over a million head. The sow
herd increased 1.6 percent in 2016 over 2015, while
swine production grew 1.8 percent in 2016 compared to
According to published news reports in 2017, hog
prices in Vietnam have fallen dramatically, which has
resulted in a small drop in the pig herd, compared to
this same period in 2016.
BRAZIL RANKS FIFTH IN world pork production,
behind China, US, Germany and Spain.
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