ASF and China will drive global protein markets in 2021

China’s pork production is expected to see strong growth next year as restocking continues

African swine fever (ASF) and China will be major drivers of the global protein industries in 2021, according to Rabobank’s Global Animal Protein Outlook 2021.

ASF and how countries – most importantly, China and Vietnam – recover from it are the “biggest change driver in global animal protein,” the report said, adding that China’s initial recovery from ASF dominates the pork outlook. Pork production is expected to grow faster than other species in 2021, largely because of the ASF recovery in these two countries.

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