Whilst an article in The Australian's Business Review expressed admiration for a Chinese business man, it hardly describes a good business case for live export.
We have: documentation of ESCAS failure with supply leaks, we have high cost of importing Aussie cattle, we have an Aussie beef exporter pulling out due to fears of brand tarnishing and we have the warning about loss of confidence by Chinese consumers once "Aussie beef" is no longer shipped direct but processed in China from our exported animals. China has had copy watches, copy clothing.....of course copy-beef is going to follow. If The Australian's Chinese correspondent sees the problem (and a high end Aussie beef supplier also)...then it would be a good idea for Aussie producers to listen.
Are Aussie farmers seriously going to support a 1 billion AUS live export trade at the expense of their 10 billion export meat trade? Time to take a long hard look at this we think.
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