Global poultry industry performing well; China exception as avian influenza hit prices – Rabobank


Global poultry is currently performing well, with profitability in most regions in the world, despite the ongoing global pressure of avian influenza (AI), especially in Asia, Rabobank’s Global Poultry Quarterly for Q2 2017 said.

The big exception remains China, where the negative impact of human AI cases has kept prices down, it, however, warned.

“Global poultry trade has reached record-high levels, but trade streams have shifted,” according to RaboResearch Senior Animal Protein Analyst Nan-Dirk Mulder.

“The US and, to a lesser extent, Thailand have been the winners in this trade shake-up, due to AI-related restrictions and the impacts of the ‘meat scandal’ in Brazil.”

Human AI cases in China are still spreading and impacting the market, although prices have recently recovered somewhat. A concern is the further spread of the virus in China, with recent movements to northern regions. Chinese local authorities have closed many live bird markets, and this has had a particularly big impact on the yellow-bird market. Imports are relatively unaffected, as they serve the processed meat market.

According to the report, the Brazilian ‘meat scandal’ is having a significant impact on global trade. Exports from Brazil have been dropping since March (April: -23%), and this has created an additional shift in global trade streams, on top of the AI-related impact. The US has been the winner, with European exporters also taking some of the Middle East trade.

Most global markets are performing well, with a combination of strong demand, restricted supply, and ongoing low feed costs, the report said, adding that industries in Mexico, India, Thailand, and Japan are performing particularly well, while South Africa and the EU are on the road to recovery.

Global meat trade is highly volatile, but reached a record-high Q1 level of 3 million tonnes. Aside from the changes in raw trade driven by AI, along with the meat scandal, a potentially big—but still uncertain—development could be the entry of Chinese cooked chicken into the US market.


Prashant has worked in the publishing industry for 17 years. His keen interest in commodities developed while working for organisations such as like Thomson Reuters, Wolters Kluwer & McGraw-Hill eventually brought him here. In his free time, Prashant consults with businesses in the digital space.


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