China has a seemingly insatiable desire for Aussie beef...and we supply buckets of the stuff. One WA processor supposedly has signed an agreement which would see up to 50 sea containers of lamb and beef going to China each day! A private NSW firm has also cornered a market in China. Processed meat is value added product for the Australian economy. Why on earth would we bother shipping it inefficiently as live animals....regardless of animal welfare. The Chinese probably wont even end up taking beef from the north, the industry that doesnt have local abattoirs, due to disease biosecurity issues. If they do, just wait for the fallout if they decide for some nefarious political reason to get huffy about it (think scabby mouth in sheep in Bahrain?).
As per usual, another bizarre development in live export.
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