Australian Rural Export company Wellard have just received ESCAS approval in China from the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). The approval has meant Wellard is expected to begin trading their live exports within the first half of 2017.
The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) is allows live export trading with foreign countries providing exporters meet the following conditions: that animal handling and slaughter conforms to World Organisation for Animal Health standards; that the exporter has control of all supply chain arrangements; that the supply chain is traceable and that the supply chain of the importing country is independently audited. The approval for exporting slaughter cattle to China is the first of many applications submitted by Wellard to the DAWR.
While Wellard currently exports it's live cattle to many parts of the globe (including Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Jordan, Indonesia etc), the move to allow China's participation will create considerable opportunity and capitalisation for Australian Beef Farmers.
Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini stressed the importance of the ESCAS approval demonstrating that the China "will meet the animal welfare, traceability and audit standards required to receive Australian livestock", crucial after the investigations of Wellard exports to Pakistan by the DARW in 2012 found the welfare of the livestock was "not compliant with OIE animal welfare recommendations".
Continuing the good news for Wellard, they have recently sourced a contract to supply 20,000 dairy cattle to Sri Lanka, after the deal was renewed by the Sri Lankan government. This program follows the previous projects of Wellard between 2012-15 which included the export of 4500 heifers.
Mr Balzarini stated that the new program "will have a positive impact on many Sri Lankans and will particularly benefit rural communities with modern, intensive management practices, to help Sri Lanka reduce its reliance on imported powdered milk in favour of fresh milk self-sufficiency."
Majority of Australian cattle will be supplied by South Australia, followed by Victoria and then New South Wales.
Source: ILCS Consulting