News & Analysis on the Global Animal Feed Industry
Dairy production becoming more professional in China
By Jane Byrne
- Last updated on
In August, we covered a report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on how there was a rise in the use of concentrated feed in what is becoming an increasingly concentrated Chinese dairy sector
Consolidated dairy farm operations now account for a larger portion of overall milk production in China, found the USDA report.
“Such large-scale farms are using more sophisticated feed management techniques to control milk production, reducing the surplus created during the winter and increasing output during the summer.”
In 2019, China's fluid milk production will increase 2.3% due to higher profits earned by the dairy farmers, given the increased profitability of these large-scale, modern farms, wrote the authors.
“With higher milk prices, farmers can afford to increase use of concentrated feed to realize efficiency gains. Overall, milk quality has improved, commanding higher prices from the processors.”