Sheep farmers in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region have successfully tested a new passage designed for the safe transfer of sheep between winter and summer pastures. By Sunday morning, two days after the new route opened, more than 57,000 sheep had made the journey. The 33-kilometer passage runs parallel to the expressway that links the Guozigou Valley and Lake Sayram in Ily Kazak. It links the traditional summer and winter pastures of Kazak ethnic herdsmen, who have lived a nomadic lifestyle for generations…Full-text article: China Daily Nov 2013

Key point

  • Since the expressways inauguration in 2011, a total of 1,000 sheep (CNY 1,000 or ~US$164 per sheep) have been killed by vehicles

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2011, China’s northern Inner Mongolia region had 35.6 million sheep (26% of China’s total supply) and produced 872,300 MTs of mutton (22% of China’s output). The region also produced the most fine wool, semi-wool, goat wool and cashmere. Xinjian region was second with 25.2 million sheep and 464,359 MTs of mutton produced.

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