Study Opens Up Opportunities for Canadian Canola in China

BEIJING, June 14, 2013 – A yearlong joint Sino-Canadian study released to key decision-makers in China today has proven that the use of Canadian canola meal in cattle feed in Chinese dairies can significantly increase quantity produced.

In a market where demand for milk is skyrocketing and milk quality is a concern for both dairies and consumers alike, the study marks a turning point in the development of China’s dairy industry. And it opens up potential opportunities for Canadian canola meal in China. Assuming the entire Chinese dairy industry included Canadian canola meal, milk production in China would increase by about seven million litres per day.

The study, coordinated by the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) with funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Agricultural Flexibility Fund, was conducted by leading Chinese academics, in cooperation with China’s largest dairy companies. The results were revealed at a Beijing event with Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in attendance. Canola Council President Patti Miller Chaired the event, which included Chinese dairy executives, officials of China’s Ministry of Agriculture, and local media.

“We are delighted with the success of this joint research project with China,” said Miller. “Canola meal has now proven its value as a feed product in Chinese dairies, opening the door for China’s milk industry to enhance quality and increase production without significantly increasing cost.”

The research was conducted by Dr. Li Shengli and Dr. Wang Ruojun of the China Agricultural University at dairy farms operated by China’s five largest milk producers. The study proved that when used in dry rations, meal from Canadian canola can increase daily milk production by .6 kilograms per cow, a substantial increase. One kilogram of milk is roughly equivalent to one litre. Over the past 30 years research done in various countries with Canadian canola meal has shown a cumulative average increase in milk production of one litre per cow per day, so this most recent study in China is consistent with long-term studies.

“This study does more than just demonstrate a link between canola feed and the quantity of milk produced,” noted Dr. Ruojun. “It makes clear that canola provides an answer to a challenge that has vexed Chinese dairies for years: how to raise both the quality and quantity of milk produced without raising cost disproportionately. Our research shows that use of canola is not only effective; it is economical for Chinese dairy farmers as well.”

Canola is Canada's top agricultural export to China. In 2012, Canadian sales of canola seed, oil and meal to China was worth 3.1 billion- representing more than 50% of Canadian agri-food exports to China. 

The CCC is a full value chain organization representing the entire canola industry, including growers, seed developers, crushers and exporters. Canola is Canada's most valuable crop, generating over $15.4 billion in economic activity each year and is responsible for 228,000 jobs. 

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