Current situation and future prospects for beef production in China - A review

  • Li, Xiang Zi (Co-Innovation Center of Beef Cattle Science and Industry Technology, Yanbian University) ;
  • Yan, Chang Guo (Co-Innovation Center of Beef Cattle Science and Industry Technology, Yanbian University) ;
  • Zan, Lin Sen (Department of Animal Science, Northwest A&F University)
  • Received : 2018.03.16
  • Accepted : 2018.05.27
  • Published : 2018.07.01


The beef industry is an important part of livestock and meat production in China. China ranks third in the world for beef production. With the rapid development of the Chinese economy, beef consumption has grown rapidly, and beef consumption has been increasing with rising per capita gross domestic production. However, the domestic beef industry in China has not been able to keep pace with growth in consumption, making China a net importer of beef from other countries. Moreover, the volume of production has increased little despite rising demand. The slowing of growth in beef production in recent years has led to a sharp rise in beef prices. Domestic beef production and consumption is restricted by a shortage of beef cattle inventory. The Chinese beef industry is facing many technical problems including transformation of traditional practices, feeding and management systems, and genetic improvement of cattle breeds. The long-term, sustainable development of the Chinese beef industry is an important issue for China.


Beef Cattle;Current Situation;Future Prospects;China


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