Elders cattle farm

Australia opens live beef trade with China

Australia has sent its first shipment of live beef cattle to China under the new health protocol agreement for feeder and slaughter cattle.

After several months of consultation with government and supply chain approvals, Elders has today opened the trade, exporting 150 live beef cattle via air to Chongqing in China.

Elders chief executive officer, Mark Allison acknowledged the milestone, recognising the ongoing efforts of Australian and Chinese authorities and industry bodies to increase market opportunities for Australian producers.

“The opening of feeder and slaughter markets will drive competition and demand for Australian cattle, creating new opportunities for exporters and producers alike,” Mr Allison said.

“As Asia’s demand for red meat increases, our ability to foster positive trade relationships with China and remain internationally competitive is vital for Australia’s agricultural industry,” he said.

Sourced through Elders’ southern New South Wales and northern Victorian network, the entire shipment has been purchased by Chongqing Hondo Agriculture Group Co. – a large feedlotting, processing and meat distribution company based out of Chongqing in China.

Elders general manager live exports, Cameron Hall said animal welfare standards are paramount to Elders and the Company has been working very closely with Australian and Chinese authorities to ensure this supply chain operates above ESCAS standards.

“We have spent considerable time working with Chinese authorities and customers to ensure we have a mutual understanding of animal welfare practices, and the requirements of importing Australian cattle,” Mr Hall said.

At this stage, no further shipments of Australian slaughter cattle have been scheduled to China.