The number of dairy cattle in China has dropped by 2 million in 2013 from a year ago, leading to a decline in milk production by 15%-20%, an expert in the dairy industry told Shanghai’s China Business News, adding that the insufficient supply will continue to push up the price of raw milk. Gao Fuliang, general manager of the China-based Longdan Dairy, noted that due to restricted supplies, the price of raw milk jumped from 4,000 yuan (US$690) per tonne to 5,200 yuan (US$855) within a month…Full article: WantChinaTimes Nov 2013

Key point

  • Currently, China has a 40 million MT demand for milk, but only has a 35 million MT supply

ChinaAg Comment

  • China’s cattle and buffalo population is spread out along the southern and northern sections of the country. In 2011, Sichuan province had 9.6 million heads of cattle/buffalo (10% of China’s total supply) and Henan province recorded 9.5 million heads. Yunnan province counted 7.4 million head, while Inner Mongolia recorded 6.3 million heads of cattle/buffaloes.
  • Cow milk production takes place in northern China, with Inner Mongolia region producing 9 million MTs (25% of China’s output) and Heilongjiang producing 5.4 million MTs in 2011.

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