In terms of beef exports to China, Russia has surpassed Australia, Argentina and Brazil.
According to a report from the Industrial Knowledge Center of the Russian Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine Service, China purchased 3,700 tons of Russian beef in the first quarter, 20 times the amount a year ago.
China’s share of Russia’s total beef exports exceeds 55%. Russia exported a total of 6,500 tons abroad from January to March, almost twice and a half of 2020. In terms of beef exports to China, Russia has surpassed Australia, Argentina and Brazil. In China, China’s own pork production has declined due to African swine fever. The market opened the door to foreign producers, but problems arose. In Australia, due to the epidemic, 7 meat factories stopped production and exports were suspended to restore livestock numbers; Argentina cut supply by 50% to control domestic prices; In Brazil as early as 2017, there were dozens of agricultural companies closed in compliance with sanitary conditions. By the way, the Brazilian slaughter industry has found itself at the center of a scandal more than once, discovering a biological growth hormone and Salmonella in their products, which has damaged the company’s reputation. As a result, Russian beef appeared on the Chinese table.
Since 2018, Russia’s beef production has been increasing. The rapid growth of animal husbandry in recent years is the result of the 2012 National Agricultural Development Plan. Import substitution measures adopted after the implementation of anti-Russian sanctions in 2014 also helped this.