As we reported in the July 24 Export Newsline, officials from Australia and China recently announced a long-anticipated agreement on health certification requirements opening the Chinese market to imports of feeder and slaughter cattle from Australia. Previously, Australia’s exports of live cattle to China were limited to dairy cattle and breeding stock.
USMEF expects trial shipments of feeder and slaughter cattle to begin soon, and this week the Australian Livestock Exporter’s Council released more details on the agreement. CEO Alison Penfold stated that while the agreement better positions Australian exporters to serve the Chinese market, it is still the “toughest” feeder/slaughter cattle protocol Australia has reached with any of its live cattle trading partners.
A summary of the agreement, including fact sheets prepared by Australian Livestock Export Corporation Ltd (LiveCorp) that outline bluetongue restrictions, hormone-free certification requirements and other details, is available from the Australian trade publication Beef Central.