Amino report – September 2021
More pressure on amino acid supplies
In the August report, a couple of reasons that could potentially influence amino acid supplies and prices in the near future were flagged. Unfortunately, the situation has worsened since then.
In other news
Russia to introduce new antibiotics regulations
Russia is set to ban the use of antibiotics in feed by September 2022. A new legislative proposal, supported by the government, will prohibit farmers from adding antibiotics to feed, as well as the sale of feed containing antibiotic growth promoters. While the aim of bill is to be applauded, the time allotted for the industry to prepare has been criticised by some players. However, many other countries have successfully implemented similar bans, and much can be learned from their experience. Russia’s most important trading partners and largest neighbours, Europe and China, have already moved away from in-feed antibiotics.
Namibia identified a new strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) after an outbreak close to the Zambian border. It was subsequently found that the new strain was introduced from Zambia through the illegal crossing of livestock. Apparently vaccinated herds showed little resistance to the new strain, and infection rates remain high, prompting concerns about managing the spread of the new strain, and the impact on Namibia’s lucrative beef exports.
Brazilian mad cow disease
Early in September, a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was detected in a 17-year-old cow in Brazil. After a second case was identified, all beef exports to China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia were suspended until further notice. More than half of Brazil’s beef exports are destined for China, which makes up about 40% of all Chinese beef imports. Brazilian farmers and Chinese importers are hoping that the ban will be lifted soon given the increasing demand for beef in China, and the dependence on Brazilian beef. However, if the ban remains in place, demand for pork and poultry will likely increase in coming months.