When it came to curing ailments or improve skin care, the ancient Egyptians and Romans used to turn to donkey milk. In the West and parts of the Middle East, the nutritional and therapeutic power of this dairy product is well known. Now donkey milk is being developed as a consumer brand in China. “The potential to develop the donkey milk industry in China is big,” Zhang Ming, chairman of Xinjiang-based Yukunlun Natural Food Engineering Co Ltd, said. “It just needs time.”…Full Article: ECNS.cn May 2015

Key Points

  • Donkey hides are often used in the production of ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) product that reportedly improves blood circulation and overall energy.
  • On average, donkey milk is sells for twice the retail price of bovine milk powder. The higher price reflects the fact that a dairy cow can produce roughly 70 kg of milk per day while a dairy donkey can produce only 1.5 to 2 kg per day.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2000 to 2013, China’s donkey (e.g. asses) population has declined from 9.3 million heads to 6.3 million heads. Only Ethiopia had more, with an estimated 7 million heads in 2013.

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