China seeks to milk the milk market but doesn't have enough cows

Topics milk | China | dairy

By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) - China has come to crave milk. Demand that had been steadily growing has spiked further after doctors touted its health benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic and dairy firms across the country have embarked on a farm-building frenzy.

But quenching that thirst will be problematic, not least because finding the millions more cows needed for planned new and expanded farms will be challenging. China is the world's third-largest milk producer, but last year's 34 million tonnes of output.

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