Australia has sent a historic sea-bound shipment of live beef cattle to China under the new health protocol agreement for feeder and slaughter cattle.
The North Australian Cattle Company (NACC) opened the sea-bound trade over the weekend, exporting 1,200 live beef cattle from Portland, Victoria to Shidao Port in China, destined for high-end consumers, hotels and restaurants.
General manager NACC, Patrick Underwood, said the milestone recognised the efforts of Australian and Chinese authorities, and the strong relationships the company holds with both its domestic and international clients.
Sourced entirely through Elders’ networks in Victoria and South Australia, the shipment consists of mainly Black Angus cattle, aged between 18 and 24 months, weighing an average of 500kg.
The entire shipment of cattle has been imported by Baozhu Food Company, part of the Tai Xiang Group, for end-use customer, Shanghai CRED. The Tai Xiang Group is a leading Chinese company specializing in frozen processed food.
Tai Xiang have made significant investments in quarantine and processing facilities to ensure cattle are handled in accordance with the high standards required by NACC and the Australian industry.
Mr Underwood, said animal welfare is paramount to any shipment, and particularly when opening a new supply chain.
“We have been working very closely with Australian and Chinese authorities to ensure this supply chain operates above ESCAS standards,” Mr Underwood said.
“In the months leading up to the shipment, we have been on the ground in China, to ensure our customer’s facilities and techniques are above Australia’s animal welfare expectations,” he said.
“Processing of the entire shipment will occur within 14 days of arrival, and NACC will have its own supply chain specialists in attendance the entire time, to monitor compliance and provide additional assistance.”
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