According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture statistics, in 2011 the national sheep and goat herds totaled 282 million (of which approximately 180 million were goats), and 268 million were slaughtered, for a total output of 3.931 million tons of mutton. This is among the highest in the world. The world of mutton production rose from 6.1% in 1980 to more than 35.0%, with China accelerating the modernization and population growth, and increasing consumption levels.
Developing herbivore livestock (cattle, sheep and goat, etc.) has become a major strategic decision of China’s development of modern animal husbandry. In recent years, with the rapid development of China’s meat sheep and goat industry, its main characteristics and development trends were as follows: sheep and goat farms (households) decreased, but the total number of their slaughter increased, raising the average of raising scale; farms (households) significantly increased the size of their herd and the proportion of slaughter increased significantly; there were significant differences of large-scale level at both the regional and provincial levels.
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Special thanks to Xu Gangyi, IGA Board member, for sending us this article.
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