Elders opens Australia’s beef trade with China - Elders Rural Services

Elders opens Australia’s beef trade with China

Australia has sent a historic sea-bound shipment of live beef cattle to China under the new health protocol agreement for feeder and slaughter cattle.

Elders’ North Australian Cattle Company (NACC) opened the sea-bound trade this weekend, exporting 1,200 live beef cattle from Portland, Victoria to Shidao Port in China, destined for high-end consumers, hotels and restaurants.

This breakthrough follows two air freighted consignments by Elders in 2015 and 2016, which proved as effective trials for the China trade.

Elders chief executive officer, Mark Allison said the milestone recognised the efforts of Australian and Chinese authorities, and the strong relationships Elders holds with both its domestic and international clients.

“As an Australian agribusiness, we are committed to increasing market opportunities for Australian producers, and driving demand for high quality produce,” Mr Allison said.

“Considering the record highs that exists in our current domestic cattle market, this shipment really signifies the demand that exists in China for high quality Australian beef,” he said.

Sourced entirely through Elders’ networks in Victoria and South Australia, the shipment consists of mainly Black Angus cattle, aged between 18 and 24 months, weighing an average of 500kg.


The entire shipment of cattle has been imported by Baozhu Food Company, part of the Tai Xiang Group, for end-use customer, Shanghai CRED. The Tai Xiang Group is a leading Chinese company specializing in frozen processed food.

Tai Xiang have made significant investments in quarantine and processing facilities to ensure cattle are handled in accordance with the high standards required by NACC and the Australian industry.

Manager of NACC, Patrick Underwood, said animal welfare is paramount to any Elders shipment, and particularly when opening a new supply chain.

“Elders has been working very closely with Australian and Chinese authorities to ensure this supply chain operates above ESCAS standards,” Mr Underwood said.

“In the months leading up to the shipment, Elders have been on the ground in China, to ensure our customer’s facilities and techniques are above Australia’s animal welfare expectations,” he said.

“Processing of the entire shipment will occur within 14 days of arrival, and Elders will have its own supply chain specialists in attendance the entire time, to monitor compliance and provide additional assistance.”

NACC sale process

The sale for Elders’ NACC business continues, with Mr Allison confirming the process is well advanced.

“This shipment will mark a final chapter in our ownership of NACC, however we remain committed to Australia’s livestock industry. Elders will continue to supply high quality cattle and develop live export markets, for our clients, right across Australia.”

For more information:
Fiona Stuckey, Communications Manager on 0419 226 384 or Fiona.stuckey@elders.com.au