AUSTRALIA - Great opportunities lie ahead for grassfed beef producers across Australia following the recent live cattle protocol signed with China, says the Cattle Council of Australia.
Increased farmgate returns and support for over 10,000 industry employees are among the benefits of increased trading with China, said Council president Howard Smith.
The development is a “significant milestone” within the Australian beef industry and gives producers from north and southern Australia access to South East Asia and North Asia.
Mr Smith said recent achievements prove the relationship with China will “continue to build” and was positive about the future.
“With the past year providing excellent opportunities of market access we can only see Australian beef continuing to be a high demand, high quality product across the international market,” he said.
“China continues to be an essential market for Australian beef, having doubled its imports over the past six years. This protocol demonstrates the commitment from China on maintaining a great relationship for Australian cattle producers.
“It is great to acknowledge that although Northern producers in Australia are well established within live trade exports and will benefit from this signing, Southern producers can now diversify their position in live trade” Howard Smith, Cattle Council President stated.”
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