China’s donkey imports are in line with global demand and help solve the problem of donkey overpopulation in some areas, an entrepreneur said on Monday [24 April 2017]. Ejiao, a kind of gelatin made from donkey hides, is an important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. It is often used to treat ailments such as colds and insomnia…Full Article: ECNS.cn Apr 2017

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  • According to the President of Shandong’s Dongeejiao Pharmaceutical, the company has sent two business delegations to Australia’s Northern Territory in order to secure agreements regarding the breeding/supply of 10,000 to 20,000 donkeys.

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  • In January 2016, according to the Shandong Ejiao Trade Association, China produces approximately 5,000 MTs of ejiao annually, while at the same time the country’s only has donkey hide supply that can produce only 3,000 MTs annually. According to a representative of the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the supply gap is filled by skins from mules, horses, pigs and oxen. Chinese donkey hide production has decreased owing to the animal’s long rearing period (i.e. birth to slaughter) and low fertility rate (gestation ~1 year, generally 1 foal per birth).
  • In December 2015, Dongeejiao Pharmaceutical (ejiao producer) and Shandong Lvbang (catering company) signed an agreement to produce and market donkey flesh hotpot and donkey flesh steamed stuff bun.
  • As of 2015, China had a market demand of 10 million donkey skins/leather annually.
  • From 1954 to 2013, China’s donkey population declined from 12.7 million heads to 6.03 million heads.
  • Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Liaocheng, Shandong Province, Dong-E-E-Jiao (aka Dongeejiao Pharmaceutical) produces “ejiao”, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) donkey skin based product that reportedly improves blood circulation and overall energy.
  • Donkey skins/hides are often used in the production of “ejiao”, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) product that reportedly improves blood circulation and overall energy. Ejiao, aka E-gelatin, originated in Dong E county, Shandong province. As of 2016, Shandong Province accounted for roughly 90% of China’s ejiao products.

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