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Elders sends second beef cattle shipment to China

Elders has sent Australia’s second shipment of live beef cattle to China under the new health protocol agreement for feeder and slaughter cattle.

Just months after Elders’ first successful shipment to Chongqing, a further 180 prime steers have departed Australia via air to Zhengzhou City in China.

Elders chief executive officer, Mark Allison said the beef cattle trade with China is an important trade for Australian exporters and producers alike, and this second shipment represents the ongoing efforts by many to build the trade.

“This shipment into Zhengzhou demonstrates the continued investment from Elders, the importers and both Australian and Chinese authorities,” Mr Allison said.

“As we’ve seen with the Elders Fine Foods business in China, Asia’s demand for premium Australian beef is increasing. Although the trade won’t appear overnight, Elders is working hard to ensure Australian beef producers remain internationally competitive and have a safe and reliable supply chain into China,” he said.
Sourced through Elders’ Victorian network, the entire shipment has again been purchased by one of China’s largest beef producers Chongqing Hondo Agriculture Group Co. – which established a purpose built quarantine facility, after the health protocol agreement was ratified in 2015.
Elders general manager live exports, Cameron Hall said Elders has been working very closely with the importer as well as Australian and Chinese authorities to ensure animal welfare remains the key priority.
“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.
“This includes inspection of facilities, continued communication around the requirements of Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) and ensuring regulations can be exceeded,” he said.

“Following the ratification of the health protocol, and the opening of the trade, we’ve seen an increase in Chinese importers investing in their supply chains with new quarantine, feedlot and abattoir facilities.”

At this point in time Elders remain the only exporter to have received approval for shipments and delivered cattle against them.

 

For more information:

Fiona Stuckey, Communications Manager, 0419 226 384,

Fiona.stuckey@elders.com.au