China: Chinese Chicken Meat Production Continues to Recover

China’s production of chicken meat will continue to recover in 2019, growing 3 percent to 12 million metric tons due to cumulative increases in white-feather, yellow-feather and hybrid broiler production. Although China’s numerous avian influenza bans on foreign suppliers has created a shortage of new genetic material for its poultry flocks, China has compensated by widely using forced molting, importing more grandparent stock from New Zealand, and developing a domestic great grandparent breeding industry. Despite increased production, consumer demand for chicken meat will remain weak due to the plethora of substitute proteins on the market, growing less than 3 percent and still lagging behind pre-H7N9 outbreak levels.

China: Chinese Chicken Meat Production Continues to Recover