Elders opens australia’s beef trade with china – elders rural services


Elders’ North Australian Cattle Company (NACC) opened the sea-bound trade this weekend, exporting 1,200 live beef cattle from Portland, Victoria to Shidao Port in China, destined for high-end consumers, hotels and restaurants.

Elders chief executive officer, Mark Allison said the milestone recognised the efforts of Australian and Chinese authorities, and the strong relationships Elders holds with both its domestic and international clients.

“As an Australian agribusiness, we are committed to increasing market opportunities for Australian producers, and driving demand for high quality produce,” Mr Allison said.

“Considering the record highs that exists in our current domestic cattle market, this shipment really signifies the demand that exists in China for high quality Australian beef,” he said.

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.

Cattle producers Bobby and Georgina Mann of Mortlake, supplied more than 100 head of steers and heifers for the China shipment and said the trade provides another competitive selling option for producers of quality Australian beef.

“With many parts of the country experiencing exceptional seasonal conditions, a large number of cattle have exceeded weight thresholds for feedlot entry,” Mr Mann said.

The entire shipment of cattle has been imported by Baozhu Food Company, part of the Tai Xiang Group, for end-use customer, Shanghai CRED. Usa today sports lines 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.

“In the months leading up to the shipment, Elders 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 Elders will have its own supply chain specialists in attendance the entire time, to monitor compliance and provide additional assistance.”

“This shipment will mark a final chapter in our ownership of NACC, however we remain committed to Australia’s livestock industry. Average exchange rate usd to cad 2015 Elders will continue to supply high quality cattle and develop live export markets, for our clients, right across Australia.”