AUSTRALIA, Sidney. The signing of the feeder and slaughter cattle health protocol with China delivers unprecedented Australian live cattle access and increases the suite of market opportunities to underpin a million head trade to Asia and the region, the CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, Alison Penfold said today.
“Concluding this much anticipated agreement on access conditions for feeder and slaughter cattle into China is a major breakthrough for the Australian livestock export industry and significantly improves the market diversification options for Australian exporters and producers,” Ms Penfold said.
Recent market access achievements have contributed significantly to improved farm gate returns for Australian producers while continuing to support over 10,000 jobs across Australia. The Australian trade’s overseas presence has also helped lift animal welfare standards with new and improved infrastructure and the training of over 8,000 people in proper handing and slaughter practices through the extension work of the MLA/LiveCorp Live Export Program (LEP).
Australia will be the first country to export feeder and slaughter cattle to China. This matches the strong commercial interest from Chinese customers to fill existing and purpose built feedlots and abattoirs developed to help satisfy hungry consumer demand for red meat and off the back of Australia’s reputation as a reliable quality cattle breeder and supplier.