Hy-Line International, global leader in poultry layer genetics, recently met with Terry Branstad, U.S. ambassador to China, during his recent visit to Des Moines, Iowa, continuing a series of discussions urging the ambassador to provide all possible assistance in opening China's market to imports of U.S. poultry breeding stock.
“It is vital for the China market to open again to U.S. poultry breeding stock imports. Our distributors in China must continue building on their success with Hy-Line varieties by receiving the latest in genetic advancements,” said Jonathan Cade, president of Hy-Line International. “Ambassador Branstad has a long history with and knowledge of Hy-Line investments in Iowa, of which he trusts the integrity. We trust he will persevere in his work with the Chinese government to resolve this issue. We thank him for his support.”
China instituted a ban on imports of U.S. poultry and eggs in late 2015 following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Despite the latest declaration from the World Organization for Animal Health in August 2017 that the U.S. is free of HPAI, the Chinese government has yet to lift the ban.