China's output volume of beef totals 6.6 million tonnes in 2012, up 2.3% year-over-year, according to new report; annual fattening cattle stock volume at 47.8 million in 2011, up from 13 million in 1991

DUBLIN , June 25, 2013 (press release) – Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Research Report on China's Cattle Production Industry and Beef Market, 2012-2013" report to their offering.

Before reform and opening up, cattle were always treated as servant instead of meat. Chinese government actively encouraged peasants to feed cattle on straws not until the early 1990s in order to decrease straw waste and to promote the cyclic utilization of straws. As a result, the costs of feeding cattle declined and the passion of cattle farmers was stimulated. All of these promoted the rapid development of beef cattle industry and the development of beef cattle slaughtering industry and beef processing industry in China. In 2012, the output volume of beef totaled 6.623 million tons in China, increasing by 2.3% YOY.

The main cattle production model is the scattered model in China, which is quite different from large-scale cattle production models abroad. Due to its exacerbating grassland quality and insufficient grassland resources, China lacks the basic foundation of developing ""modern grassland animal husbandry"". Meanwhile, American-styled ""industrialized large-scale animal husbandry"" is not yet universal. In addition, China is a country with a large population and abundant cheap labor resources, so scattered cattle production model is the major cattle production model in China.

China beef cattle production turned from northwest pasturing areas to regions with agriculture economy advantages. As a result, it formed four beef cattle industrial zones in the Central Plains, the Northeast, the Northwest and the Southwest. According to the statistics yearbook of China animal husbandry, the national cattle stock volume was 104.592 million in 1991 and it increased to 126.983 million in 1999, which accounted for 10% of the global cattle stock volume in the same period. In 2011, the beef cattle stock volume was 107.78 million in China, increasing by 1.43% YOY.

In recent years, the cattle stock volume increases rapidly in China. The annual fattening stock volume increased from the 13.039 million in 1991 to the 47.75 million in 2011, with the CAGR of 6.7%. Because of the rapid development of beef cattle slaughtering and processing industry in China, beef output volume increased from the 1.535 million tons in 1991 to the 6.623 million tons in 2012, with the CAGR of 7.2%. The beef output volume in China accounts for over 10% of the global beef output volume, so China was the third largest beef producer after the U.S. and Brazil. Meanwhile, its proportion of beef output volume in the total national meat output volume also increased from the 4.4% in 1991 to the 7.9% in 2012.

In 2012, China imported 124,246 bulls and the import volume has kept increasing since 2007. However, China mainly imports milk cows like Holstein from Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay. Beijing Be Green Import & Export Co., Ltd. is the largest cow importers with 22.82% market share.

In 2012, China imported 61,404.41 tons beef with the import value and the average import price of USD 254.6256 million and 4,146.70 USD/ton respectively. So China has become a net beef importer.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Overview on Beef Supply in China, 2008-2012

2 Profit of Beef Cattle Production in China, 2012

3 Slaughtering and Processing of Beef Cattle in China, 2012

4 China Beef Consumption, 2012

5 Import and Export of Beef in China, 2012

6 China Major Beef Producing and Processing Enterprises, 2012

6.1 Hebei Fucheng Wufeng Food Co., Ltd.

6.2 Henan Yisai Beef Co., Ltd.

6.3 Shenyang Lufeng Food Co., Ltd.

6.4 Mongolia Kerchin Cattle Industry Co., Ltd.

6.5 Xinjiang West Animal Husbandry Co., Ltd.

6.6 Other Enterprises

7 Forecasts on China Beef Market, 2013-2017

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