Minister Yelich Hails Canada-China Collaboration in Cattle, Beef and Dairy Industries

Photo: Minister Yelich (left) with Li Xizhi, General Manager of Sanyuan Dairy Farm.

February 26, 2014 - Beijing, China - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), visits a Sanyuan Group dairy farm in Beijing to highlight the growing cooperation between Canada and China in the agriculture and agri-food industry. While in Beijing, she stressed the importance of increased collaboration in the cattle, beef and dairy industries.

Sanyuan operates several dairy farms and feed mills in Beijing and recently expanded into beef cattle production. The company currently sources dairy cattle genetics from Canada, incorporates canola meal in its feed rations and has shown interest in sourcing other feed commodities from Canada, including alfalfa and timothy hay.

Canada’s high-quality dairy genetics are valued and trusted by China and many other customers worldwide because Canada’s dairy cattle are among the best in the world with respect to milk production and milk quality. Bovine genetics exports from Canada to China reached $7.5 million in 2013, up 20.3 percent over 2012 and up 89 percent over 2011.

In November 2013, Lyle Stewart, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Agriculture, and Saskatchewan beef producers met with Sanyuan to discuss potential areas of cooperation. Prior to that, in February 2012, the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, visited a Sanyuan dairy farm to emphasize Canada’s strengths as a reliable supplier of high-quality agricultural products and supplies.

Minister Yelich is visiting Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing from February 23 to 27, 2014, to highlight Canada and China’s strong and growing bilateral, commercial and people-to-people ties.

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