China's record buying spree of protein, as African swine fever bites | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

China's record buying spree of protein, as African swine fever bites

"They are like a vacuum cleaner, just sucking up the world's surplus of meat."

Analysts say China's battle with African swine fever has created a protein gap
That's how one analyst described China's demand for protein this year.

While a handful of Australian abattoirs continue to wait for the China trade to reopen, other exporting nations are feeling the full effect of China's need for meat.

According to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), China broke a record in March, importing more than 1 million tonnes of meat from around the world.

Its meat imports for the first quarter of 2021 were up 21 per cent on the same period last year.

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