China' Beef Production Forecast Now at 5.5M Tons

CHINA - China’s 2012 forecast for beef production is 5.5 million metric tons (MMT), carcass weight equivalent (CWE), an increase of 24,000 MT from the initial estimate.
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The revised 2012 forecast is largely due to fewer outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and warmer-than-usual winter weather that has prevented sickness and early deaths in key producing provinces, according to USDA GAIN: China Livestock and Products Semi-annual report.

Adequate domestic supplies (in grains and natural grass) and favourable pasture conditions in West and Southwest China are also improving animal feeding and increasing cattle weights.

Fresh grass production reached a record high of one billion metric tons in 2011.

The revised import forecast for breeding beef cattle is down by 3,000 head to 97,000 head, largely because of higher than expected domestic production and rising import prices.

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