Brazilian pig farming begins in 2021 with high expectations for exports to China

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Optimistic projections enliven the segment, which can benefit even more from ICC Brazil’s innovative solutions.


Pig farming, like many sectors of the animal production chain, experienced an atypical reality in 2020. This is because the segment started the previous year by discussing the impacts of ASF (African Swine Fever) on the pig export market. However, 2021 has started with high expectations, according to the information shared by Dr. Melina Bonato, Research and Development (R&D) manager, and Dr. Liliana Borges, R&D analyst at ICC Brazil.

Not only the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, but the rise in the dollar and other currencies have directly affected imports of inputs, such as soybeans and corn. This has influenced the production processes, passing on, and triggering the increased costs to the final product and the consumer. “In a scenario of comparison between pork productions, from January to November 2019 and 2020, the increase was approximately +7.3% in production and +33.5% in exports, generating an increase in revenue of + 47.2%, close to US$ 2,079.0 million”, according to data from ABPA (Brazilian Association of Animal Protein) and SECEX (Secretariat of Foreign Trade).

But, despite the adversities, according to ABPA projections, there will be an increase in Brazilian pork production driven by the high established demand from China.

“According to the prospects, Brazil will continue to be the world’s third-largest producer and exporter of pork. In turn, China will continue to lead the world imports while still trying to recover its domestic production. This insufficiency of Chinese production is mainly associated with the ASF – African Swine Fever, which caused its domestic production to plummet, with a notorious need for animal protein import.”


Leverage pig farming gains with ICC Brazil

Brazil continues to supply this increasing demand for pig farming by intensifying production. “This proves the efficiency of factors related to agribusiness and the biosecurity of products. In the midst of crises, producers must identify windows of opportunities and look for alternatives to ensure quality at a lower production cost to increase profitability in the final product”, say the experts.

“Since most of the cost in animal production is associated with nutrition, we have to look for alternatives to avoid this dependence on external factors in an attempt to reduce the transfer to the consumer”, they conclude.

It is also important to consider that the dollar’s instability and the high exchange rate may continue in 2021, directly influencing the import of the main raw materials for animal nutrition. “Therefore, the alternatives are focused on what we can control within production, aiming at the best cost-benefit ratio and value of the final product”, they explain.

This is because, as explained by the experts on the blog, in the “Safe Management” series, the results in pig farming are influenced by factors related to management, which includes feeding. Thus, ICC Brazil continues bringing innovation to products and processes that can add value to the animal production chain, delivering solutions based on yeasts that stimulate animals’ immune system, ensure improvements to their gut health, and provide better productivity in the face of positive scenarios expected for 2021.

A prominent solution in line with this reality is ImmunoWall®, which stands out from other products on the market for being composed of a dense Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell wall, with high concentrations of β-glucans and MOS.

ImmunoWall® acts directly on the innate immune system by stimulating phagocytic cells, thus preventing colonization of pathogenic bacteria and performing mycotoxin adsorption, which results in a highly efficient food additive with proven results. Therefore, it can be used independently or in association with other additives, as its mechanism of action does not interfere with other processes.


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Posted in 11 January of 2021