UAEdeal to open up doors

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

BROWN Swiss heifers from the Radel Fam­ily dairy herd at Biggen­den are des­tined for the United Arab Emi­rates.

Rob­bie Radel said he was feel­ing priv­i­leged for five of his beasts to be first ever brown Swiss heifers ex­ported into UAE.

“Hope­fully if the cus­tomer is happy it could eas­ily lead to more deals in the fu­ture,” he said.

“We are prob­a­bly not get­ting any more money for them by sell­ing over­seas as op­posed to lo­cally, but it cer­tainly has the po­ten­tial to open doors for fu­ture sales.”

Mr Radel said he was con­tacted by El­ders rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jon Pad­man from Toowoomba as his name was still on the brown Swiss Australia web­site as na­tional pres­i­dent, how­ever he no longer has that role.

“I did my three years and then stood aside,” he said..

“Jon Pad­man was the per­son who came to in­spect and pur­chase on be­half of the buy­ers from the UAE.”

El­ders In­ter­na­tional Live­stock Pro­cure­ment manager Scott Altschwa­ger of Mel­bourne said the con­sign­ment ex Radel at Biggen­den forms part of a mixed con­sign­ment of breed­ing an­i­mals for their cus­tomer in the UAE.

“Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the

HEAD­ING OVER­SEAS: Biggen­den’s Rob­bie Radel is feel­ing priv­i­leged to be asked to sup­ply brown Swiss heifers to the UAE. brown Swiss will be other dairy cat­tle breeds, beef cat­tle breeds, goats, dairy goat breeds and even a few sheep,” he said.

“In to­tal 11 dif­fer­ent breed cat­e­gories of Aus­tralian live­stock make up the cus­tomer or­der.

“The con­sign­ment re­quired un­joined young breed­ing fe­males and young bulls for the same breed. The stock is cur­rently in quar­an­tine with de­par­ture via air­craft planned for later this week.

Mr Altschwa­ger said he wasn’t aware of why the cus­tomer finds the brown Swiss ap­peal­ing against other breeds as Jer­seys and Sahi­wals also made the con­sign­ment.

“His­tor­i­cally we have at times had a re­quire­ment for brown Swiss cat­tle how­ever this has not been on a regular ba­sis,” he said.

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