LIVE exporter Wellard announced on Monday its first shipment of beef cattle to China.
About 2000 cattle will be loaded for the shipment from South East Asia.
Wellard CEO and managing director Mauro Balzarini said the shipment, despite being relatively small, was the largest to date of this type and represented the start of a long-term relationship with clients in China.
“As we have stated before, China offers big potential for Wellard and the Australian cattle industry in general, and we are confident this first shipment will pave the way for the development of a more regular trade and grow our exports to China,” he said.
“This will benefit Wellard’s stakeholders and also producers in Australia as China will import cattle with different specification to Vietnam and Indonesia.”
The cattle are to be quarantined and then processed in a purpose-built facility in China, which has been Exporter Supply Chain Assurance Scheme (ESCAS)-accredited.
This shipment is being supplied to Rongcheng HCMH Trade and Service Co., a subsidy of Tai Xiang Group, which specialises in frozen and processed food.