China’s animal livestock industry is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently. However, at CAHE, one of the industry’s flagship tradeshows, there was a notable absence of the drama which is unfolding in farms across the country as African Swine Fever takes its toll.
The 17th China International Animal Husbandry Expo, or CAHE as its informally known, was held on May 18-20, 2019 at Wuhan International Expo Center. Under the theme of challenge, opportunity, development and innovation, the exhibition “aimed to demonstrate that modern animal husbandry’s advancing with the times and forging ahead”, according to the organisers. A tough call when the country’s meat production industry is in the midst of a tectonic shift.
With visitor numbers reaching around 90,000, this was slightly lower than the event last year in Chongqing. However, the event attracted around 1,200 exhibitors from agricultural enterprises and upstream and downstream related companies from more than 30 countries and regions around the world.
Being the largest livestock tradeshow in China, with an exhibition area of about 130,000m2 there was a lot of ground to cover, with the whole farm to fork chain covered. Exhibitors said that this year’s event surpassed previous editions with more attention being paid to transformation and upgrading. In line with this, smart farming and intelligence concepts were on full display. In terms of International presence, the Holland, France and Danish pavilions had good representation.
When talking with Chinese exhibitors about the ASF crisis, they would shake their heads, fully aware that there is no quick solution. With a vaccine not on the horizon and the outbreaks still spreading, it is clear that the Chinese pig industry has a long and rocky road ahead of it. In contrast, the poultry industry needs to develop at a rapid pace and ramp up production to attempt to fill the increasing gap in the market.
Prior to the event Pig Progress spoke with Rabobank analyst Pan Chenjun to gain an oversight of the economic effect of African Swine Fever in China (more to follow on Pig Progress later this month), where she indicated that restocking of farms would start to take place in the second half of this year. CAHE was an optimum opportunity to discover the latest technologies to rebuild in a safer, efficient manner. In this way, the Chinese resilience was on full display.
Click through the photo gallery below for a visual summary of this year’s expo.