Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

China Cattle Deal Unclear

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

China Cattle Deal Unclear

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Byline: LUKE MORTIMER luke.mortimer@northernstar.com.au

NORTHERN Rivers beef cattle consultant Bill Hoffman has welcomed a pending live cattle deal with China worth up to $1 billion annually.

However, he said the devil was in the detail, with little information on the deal yet released by the Federal Gov-ernment.

"It's early days but as to its likely implications locally, it will depend on what sort of cattle China are looking for," Mr Hoffman said.

"We produce a certain type of animal. The majority of our beef production goes into two markets - the specialist veal market and wealso produce restocking calves.

"Our main problem would be that we have no close access to a port."

Under the deal, up to a million head of cattle a year could be sent to China.

Mr Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Beef Consulting, said locals would compete against regions with established live cattle trading channels.

"The North Queensland cattle industry is already set up for live export," he said. …

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