China's pork production increased while pig inventory shrank in 2023


This is how many pigs were sold, how much pork was produced, and how many pigs were in China in 2023.

China's pork production in 2023 totaled 57.94 million tons, an increase of 2.53 million tons or 4.6%.

In 2023, 726.62 million pigs were sold nationwide, an increase of 26.68 million heads or 3.8% over the previous year. The number of pigs sold in the first, second, third, and fourth quarters was 198.99 million, 176.49 million, 161.75 million, and 189.39 million, respectively, a year-on-year increase of 1.7%, 3.7%, 4.7%, and 5.4% respectively.

At the end of 2023, the pig inventory nationwide was 434.22 million head, a decrease of 18.33 million head or 4.1% from the end of the previous year. Included in this number are 41.42 million sows, a decrease of 2.48 million, or 5.7%.

Pig prices remained low in 2023, with pig producer prices falling by 14.0% year-on-year.

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