China's live cattle imports doubled at the beginning of 2021
Over the first two months of the year, China's live cattle imports reached a total of 78,000 head, with January figures establishing a record of 49,565 head, according to Beef To China. The amount is double compared with the first two months of 2020. In February 2021, the Chinese Mainland imported varying quantities of live cattle from Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand but not from Chile, one of the main import markets, from which imported 12,540 head of live cattle in January. In addition, the February live cattle imports from Australia and New Zealand decreased by 11,747 and 9,729 head, respectively, to 7,151 and 4,406 head, accounting for 25.2% and 15.5% of total imports.
Australia and Uruguay remain the main suppliers of live cattle to China, followed by New Zealand and Chile.
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