New market a boon for northern export hubs
China live cattle trade coup
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.
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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.
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.