China on Wednesday [21 October 2015] started the importation of live cattle from Australia, a landmark deal that opens the doors to China’s huge beef market for Australian farmers. The first batch of 150 head of cattle arrived in southwest China’s Chongqing, one of the three cities designated to receive the imported cattle, early Wednesday morning. “As early as next month, Chongqing residents will be able to enjoy locally-butchered Australian beef […] that tastes better than the frozen beef butchered and processed in Australia,” said Luo Cheng, head of Fengdu County in Chongqing…Full Article: The Global Times Oct 2015
- One of the Chinese companies that imported the Australian slaughter cattle was Chongqing Hondo.
- In July 2015, China and Australia began formalizing an agreement on live feeder and slaughter cattle. The agreement would allow Australia to export live slaughter and feeder cattle (i.e. cattle that is to be fattened prior to slaughter). During the same month, a Chinese businessman purchased cattle station land (~40,000 heads of cattle) in Australia’s Northern Territory.
- In 2014, Australia exported approximately 70,000 dairy heifers to China.
- In March 2014, representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) visited China to discuss opening up the live cattle trade.
- In October 2013, China’s Zhejiang Province and Western Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the trade of live cattle
- From 2010 to 2013, Chinese imports of live cows increased from 87,990 heads of cattle to 102,245 heads of cattle. During this time only Australia, New Zealand, and Uruguay supplied mainland China. Australia had the dominant share of Chinese market with an average import share of approximately 60% (by volume) during the four year period. New Zealand was the second largest supplier (~27% import share), followed by Uruguay (~13% import share).