Development of animal husbandry since 40 years of reform and opening-up: achievements, challenges and countermeasures

LIU Gang1 LUO Qianfeng2 ZHANG Lixiang2

(1.Renmin Business School, Renmin University of China)
(2.School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development)
【Knowledge Link】social convoy model

【Abstract】Since the reform and opening-up, China’s animal husbandry has developed rapidly and experienced the stages of fast recovery, output expansion, transformation and development, as well as ecological and healthy breeding. However, it has also encountered many challenges. This paper summarizes the great achievements of China’s animal husbandry in production capacity, development quality, production mode and main experiences. From the international and domestic perspectives, this study deeply analyzes four major challenges faced by China’s animal husbandry. First, trade protectionism is on the rise, and the “Thucydides Trap” deserves vigilance. Second, the transformation of animal husbandry from quantity-oriented development to quality-oriented development has been slow, and food quality and safety issues often appear. Third, the abatement of livestock and poultry pollution is urgent, and there is a need to shift the growth model and replace old growth drivers with new ones at a faster pace. Fourth, the strength of intelligent support is weak, and the upgrading of industry chain faces many constraints. To overcome the actual predicaments of China’s animal husbandry, it is necessary to build a better environment for development and enhance international competitiveness of livestock products. What is more, it is important to combine long-term strategy with short-term tactics by stably conquering the trouble in future and accurately solving the trouble at the moment. There is also a need to take into account the overall situation of ecological civilization and promote transformation of animal husbandry. It is equally important to actively use various technical means to promote the transformation and upgrading of the entire industrial chain.

【Keywords】 animal husbandry; reform and opening-up; international competitiveness; transformation and upgrading;


【Funds】 Major Project of National Social Science Fund of Chin (17AJY012) Key Project of Renmin University of China (2015030222)

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CN: 11-1262/F

Vol , No. 12, Pages 19-36

December 2018


Article Outline



  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Development process, achievements and experience of China’s animal husbandry since 40 years of reform and opening-up
  • 3 Challenges for the future development of animal husbandry
  • 4 Countermeasures for promoting animal husbandry development
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