China will import more than 400,000 metric tons of forage from Mongolia next year to cope with the growing demand for dairy and other high-protein products, officials said on Wednesday [11 November 2015]. Shipments have already started with eight trucks carrying 200 tons of forage reaching the Zuunkhadavchi Land Port of Xilin Gol League in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Wednesday. This is also the first time that China is importing forage from Mongolia…Full Article: China Daily Nov 2015

Key Points

  • In 2016, China will reportedly import more than 400,000 MTs of forage from Mongolia.
  • In 2016, Inner Mongolia’s Xilin Gol League and Mongolia will trade 20,000 horses, as well as an unspecified number of cattle and sheep.
  • By the end of 2015, China will import approximately 100,000 MTs of forage primarily from the eastern Mongolian provinces of Sükhbaatar, Dornogovi, and Ömnögovi. The area of Mongolia (bordering China’s Inner Mongolia region) is known for its stock-breeding resources.
  • According to the Deputy Head of Dong Ujimqin Banner, Xilin Gol League, Inner Mongolia, China does not grow enough forage crops for its dairy and cattle industry due to the country’s focus on grain and vegetable output.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In September 2015, Argentina signed an agreement to China to export a variety of agricultural goods including alfalfa hay (e.g. forage crops).
  • From 2010 to 2014, Chinese imports of forage crops (i.e. alfalfa hay, clover, etc.) increased from 228,190 MTs to more than 1 million MTs. The USA was the dominant supplier, while Australia acted as a minor secondary supplier.

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