Australian livestock exporters say China will be a very important market for Australian cattle producers, but have also stressed that the new trade should not negatively impact other key live export markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam.
“This is exciting news for the Australian beef industry,” said Hamish Browning, managing director of exporting company Frontier International Agri which has exported several consignments of dairy and beef breeding cattle to China in the past year.
“We are seeing some really positive trends in most of our markets, such as Indonesia and Vietnam to name just a couple, and we need to make sure we respect them and acknowledge them in our planning for the medium to long term, while also providing acknowledgement and support for the what the Chinese opportunity will be.”
Wellard Rural Exports CEO Mauro Balzarini said the company believed that in time China will become a very important market for Australia’s cattle producers.
In the past five years Wellard has exported 58,500 Angus and dairy breeding cattle to China under the established breeder cattle protocol. The company says it plans to to be active player in the Chinese beef market, not just as a cattle supplier, but also in beef processing and wholesaling with a strong partner.
The finalisation of the China protocol would complement Wellard’s existing markets in Indonesia and Vietnam, the company says.
“As we pursue these opportunities in China we are mindful that we must continue to service our valuable existing markets which are very important to Wellard and to Australia.”