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The raw milk supply was still in shortage in 2012, and milk price stayed on high level. However, to compare with 2011, profits in dairy cattle farming declined significantly and even presented deficit because of big feed cost increase.
Poor margin have forced many small farmers to give up dairy cattle farming in 2012. Community farming is expected to transform into professional farming modes like large-scale farm or dairy cooperative; and the proportion of large-scale dairy cattle farming in China will further expand.