Feb. 9 – A total of 1,606 head of live cattle arrived in east China’s Zhejiang Province on 30 Jan, the first sea-borne shipment of imported beef cattle to the southern part of the country. The cattle were imported from Australia to the port city of Ningbo. They will be quarantined before being slaughtered within 14 days, according to the Ningbo Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
China has imported live cattle for breeding purposes as well as dairy cows, but meat imported from foreign countries is mostly frozen.
China and Australia signed a deal in 2014 that involved shipping 1 million head of Australian cattle to China each year, which is expected to bring a boom in business for Australia’s farming sector while meeting China’s demand for high-quality beef. The first order of 150 head of cattle were transported to southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality by air in October 2015. In February 2017, the first shipment of imported beef cattle arrived by sea in Shandong Province.