Development of Animal Breeding in China

A Bilateral Cooperation Project

The Project

With rising prosperity of the Chinese population, there is an increased demand for animal-based food, in particular for milk, beef and pork. Hence, China would like to increase efficiency and sustainability of its domestic production of milk, beef and pork.

To develop Chinese cattle and pig farms, the Chinese partners want to use German genetics, technology and experience of optimizing the production process of the milk and meat production more effectively. Thereby, Chinese cattle and pig farms shall improve their performance, quality and resource efficiency as well as their husbandry conditions and animal health.

At the same time, the economic and technical cooperation between the two sides shall be deepened.

Project Goals and Areas of Action

The project foresees the cooperation with up to ten Chinese cattle holdings of the breeds Holstein, Simmental and Brown Swiss in Beijing, Hebei, Heilongjiang and Sichuan provinces as well as autonomous region Xingjiang and at least two pig farms.

These will be developed into efficient and sustainable demonstration farms with high quality standards taking advantage of German animal genetics, technology and know-how. The areas of actions of the project are:

Cooperation with demonstration farms

  • Inventory and analysis of needs
  • Creation of a concept of breeding and deployment of German cattle genetics
  • Introduction of herd management software
  • Training of staff in China and Germany
  • Individual on-site consultancy
  • Use of enterprises as demonstration farms

Information and exchange of experience on technical topics of cattle breeding

  • German Chinese technical events in China
  • Study tour to Germany

Qualification of Chinese professionals and executives

  • Main training in China
  • Training in Germany
  • Long term training/internships in Germany

Technical focus of activities

  • Breeding planning and coupling
  • Reproduction and herd management
  • Animal health and animal comfort
  • Increase product quality
  • Resource-saving production/environmental protection
  • Software usage

Project Partners and Cooperation

The project is embedded in the German-Sino Center for Technology and Innovation in Animal Breeding. The Chinese project office at the National Animal Husbandry Service (NAHS) is responsible for the implementation of the project with demonstration farms in various provinces of the country.

On the German side the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is the political agency. The economic cooperation project is being implemented by ADT Projekt GmbH as a mandated implementation organization together with relevant participation of the following main business partners from the German cattle breeding sector:

In addition, the cooperation project so far receives assistance from the following business partners:

For the newly added project component pig, but also for the project component cattle more business partners will be identified in 2016.

Contact Person

Dr. Ferdinand Schmitt
Project coordinator
ADT Projekt GmbH
Adenauerallee 174
53113 Bonn
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 9144 730
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The project (project No.: CHI 15-01) is sponsored via the GFA Consulting Group GmbH with funds from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and co-financed by business partners.

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