CHINA – Thriving live cattle exports from Australia to China are set for further expansion with a recent announcement on shipping cattle for finishing and butchering.
A new heath protocol was signed by Australian agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, adding to an already well-established trade for dairy and beef breeding stock.
China’s agriculture minister, Han Changfu, is expected to sign the protocol upon the return of a Chinese delegation that met with Minister Joyce in Canberra on 20 July.
Last year, live exports to China totalled 90,384 head for dairy cattle and 27,522 head for beef cattle.
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) said: “The health protocol agreement gives the green light for subsequent steps to be taken that will begin the trade, including finalising commercial agreements, establishing ESCAS supply chains and for import permits to be issued by Chinese authorities.”
The value of Chinese live cattle trade increased almost tenfold between 2008 and 2014, increasing from A$25 million in a year to over A$245 million, said MLA.
Today, China is Australia’s third largest live cattle destination, after Indonesia and Viet Nam.
ESCAS (Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System) is an independently audited animal transport assurance launched by the Australian government to maintain standards on animal handling, slaughter and supply chain control and traceability.
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