Dairy Processor News
Inside China

China's dairy farmers must increase production to meet demand for milk

Milk consumption in Chinese urban areas is 4.5 times higher than in rural areas. With the increasing urban population and the rapidly growing middle class, milk consumption is expected to further grow.

Submitted by Alltech International

More than 240 global dairy industry leaders agree that milk production must keep up in China and, according to some U.S. dairy experts, adapting to the latest feed technologies may be the key to success.

Attendees at this year’s China Dairy Symposium, hosted by Alltech, discussed how the Chinese dairy market’s main challenge for the next 10 years will come from an increasing demand for milk, which will continue to outpace domestic supply. At the same time, they must meet the demands of more conscious consumers looking for high quality, safe dairy products.

By 2030, 70% of people in China will live in cities; milk and egg consumption compared to today will rise by more than 50% and consumers will demand healthier, safer and more nutritious food products.

“Milk consumption in Chinese urban areas is 4.5 times higher than in rural areas. With the increasing urban population and the rapidly growing middle class, milk consumption is expected to further grow,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, vice president of corporate affairs at Alltech. “Chinese dairy farmers will need to significantly increase their production efficiency to cope with this demand.”

Steve Maddox, chairman for the U.S. Dairy Promotion and Research Board, spoke of his long-term experience managing a highly successful dairy farm in Riverdale, Calif. “The best herd management comes from managers setting clear objectives, communicating on a weekly base and recording and monitoring results,” said Maddox.

He believes that the biggest challenge for dairy farmers is reducing feed costs, which can make up 65% of total production costs, while increasing milk production at the same time. During the panel, Maddox shared a testimonial about a California farmer who reformulated diets by lowering the nutrient content and adding alternative feed stuff such as Optigen, a sustained release, non-protein nitrogen source, in order to decrease the total cost of the ration.

Dr. Tyler Bramble, a dairy specialist from California, asked the audience to consider if it is possible to significantly reduce crude protein while at the same time maintaining milk production. Bramble introduced another California herd that had success. A 4,250-cow dairy that used DEMPTM, a dietary escape microbial protein product, in a reformulated diet, showed a relevant savings of .06 cents per head per day. The farmer saw an increase in milk production from 76.1 to 79.7 pounds and an increase in milk fat from 3.57% to 3.60% while keeping milk protein constant at 3.1%.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Dairy Foods Magazine. 
You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Bel Brands, Brookings, S.D.

The 170,000-square-foot facility on 48 acres in Brookings has the capacity of producing more than 22 million pounds of cheese annually. That is approximately 1.5 million Mini Babybel portions every day. It makes Original (a Gouda type cheese), Light and Mozzarella.


This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!

3/31/15 2:00 pm EST

Raising the bar with in-line mixing and blending technologies: high output with flexibility and low costs

In this webinar, you will be introduced to advanced in-line blending, dosing and mixing technologies that offer high flexible productions, reduced product losses, shorter batch times, uniform products, and reduced ingredient costs. As a result, Food Manufacturers can optimize their productions and increase their profitability.

Dairy Foods Magazine

march dairy foods

2015 March

The cheese issue: A look inside Bel Brands; Karoun Dairies' success; A preview of the WCIC Cheese Show

Table Of Contents Subscribe


What is your favorite way to eat cheese?
View Results Poll Archive


Tharp & Young on Ice Cream: An Encyclopedic Guide to Ice Cream Science and Technology

An at once an all-inclusive guide to the meaning of hundreds of technical terms and ideas needed for ice cream manufacturing, as well as a practical introduction to the ingredients, freezing methods, flavoring, and packaging of ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurts, novelties and many other kinds of frozen desserts.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Facebook logo 40px 2-12-13 Twitter logo 40px 2-12-13  YouTube logo 40px 2-12-13  LinkedIn logo 40px 2-12-13google plus

Dairy Foods Buyers Guide

cover df july 2013Resource for buyers in the dairy processing industry to find information on the leading suppliers and manufacturers.

Find Ingredients, Equipment, Distribution, R&D and More.

Start Your Search Today.