Israel to the Rescue of Jiangsu Milk Production

Chinese strategy to improve public health through dairy

Amiram Cohen
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The Israel Daily Board plans to help raise the milk production of Chinese cows from an average of 6,500 liters to 11,000 liters a year. The higher figure is the current annual average production for Israeli cows.

Dairy Board chairman Shaike Drori struck the deal with the agriculture minister of Jiangsu Province (Nanjing).

Jiangsu, a province in eastern China with 74 million residents, has one of the fastest expanding economies in the country, with an annual growth rate of 14.5 percent.

Drori promised the visiting minister that the Israeli board would share with the Chinese all its knowledge as well as the technology it has developed for cooling off cows in summer.

The technique contributes 15 percent to a cow's monthly production during the summer and makes it easier for the cow to become pregnant, which lowers maintenance costs.

Drori asserted that the Chinese government had made a strategic decision to develop its dairy industry, and aims to improve public health through increased milk consumption.

Drori further claimed this decision bears great potential for Israel in terms of marketing production knowledge, input and technology to China.

The local board will also help the Chinese dairy industry to develop itself through providing know-how about nutritional regimes developed in Israel that maximize feed use, on advanced milking methods and on other techniques used in Israel to manage cows.

Dairy industry sources said that cooperation between the board and agricultural entities in China will make it easier for Israeli milking and feeding equipment manufacturers to penetrate the Chinese market. Such companies include SAE Afikim, SCR and Lachish Industries. Other companies such as Sion, which works to improve the gene pools of cows, as well as companies that produce cooling equipment for cows, also stand to benefit.