New mar­ket a boon for north­ern ex­port hubs

China live cat­tle trade coup

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - PETER MICHAEL

AUS­TRALIA has sealed a land­mark break­through in a live cat­tle ex­port deal with China worth bil­lions to the na­tion’s $ 8 bil­lion graz­ing in­dus­try.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce yesterday signed off on nearly a decade of ne­go­ti­a­tions over live cat­tle health con­di­tions on a trade deal to send a mil­lion feeder and slaugh­ter cat­tle to Asia from Aus­tralian ports.

“Now it’s over to my coun­ter­part, Min­is­ter Zhi Shup­ing, to sign on the dot­ted line and fi­nalise the agree­ment,” Mr Joyce said.

Aus­tralian and Chi­nese vet­eri­nary author­i­ties are for­mal­is­ing agree­ments on an­i­mal health cer­ti­fi­ca­tion CROWN Princess Mary’s daugh­ter Josephine ( be­low) sports an arm cast a week af­ter fall­ing off a horse. She was joined by par­ents Prince Fred­erik and Princess Mary and sib­lings Chris­tian, Is­abella and Vin­cent in Gråsten yesterday. The lit­tle royal, 4, con­fi­dently greeted young horse riders who handed her and her sib­lings flow­ers. re­quire­ments to al­low live cat­tle ex­port to China out of Queens­land ports such as Townsville and Karumba.

It comes af­ter 10 years of ne­go­ti­a­tions that in­cluded pro­to­cols on blue tongue virus and fol­lows the suc­cess of a five- year- long trade in breeder cat­tle with China, pri­mar­ily for dairy heifers.

“Now, I’m pleased to an­nounce we are a step closer to the com­mence­ment in trade in live slaugh­ter and feeder cat­tle to China,’’ Mr Joyce said.

He said it was the sev­enth live­stock slaugh­ter cat­tle ex­port mar­ket opened since he’d be­come min­is­ter, adding to Le­banon, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Cam­bo­dia and Thai­land.

The Cat­tle Coun­cil of Aus­tralia said it was a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone within the Aus­tralian beef in­dus­try.

“Aus­tralia is the first coun­try in the world to have en­try into China with feed and slaugh­ter cat­tle,’’ Cat­tle Coun­cil pres­i­dent Howard Smith said.

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red meat in China has seen a dou­bling of beef im­ports in China dur­ing the past six years.

Both north­ern and south­ern Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers will have greater mar­ket op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess ar­eas of South­East Asia and North Asia.

It is hoped the first ship­ment to un­der­take the 25- day jour­ney to China will em­bark within months, Aus­tralian Live­stock Ex­porters’ Coun­cil chief Ali­son Pen­fold said.

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