AUSTRALIAN cattle exporters are preparing to re-enter the Mexican market for the first time since 2008 following the finalisation of a Mexico-Australia breeder protocol.
The protocol, which was updated on April 20, sets out the conditions for Australian breeder cattle to be exported to Mexico, including compulsory animal health measures and traceability in accordance with the National Livestock Identification System.
The protocol also refers to Australia’s disease-free status for the likes of foot and mouth disease, as well as Australia’s classification by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as being a country of negligible risk for BSE (mad cow disease).
Landmark International Group general manager Andy Ingle said his company was working with a long-standing Mexican customer to prepare a consignment of 7000 quality breeder beef heifers destined for Mexico.
The consignment, consisting of cattle source from Victoria, South Australia and southern NSW, is loading at Portland this week.
“Mexico was a major buyer of dairy cattle from Australia from 2000 until about eight years ago, but this will be the first shipment of Australian livestock to be prepared for Mexico since 2008,” Mr Ingle said.
“The Mexican beef herd has reduced in a number of regions due to drought conditions from 2010 to 2014 and in recent years, good seasons and an excess of grass has seen a need to try to rebuild numbers.”
“With the re-establishment of the protocol, we feel there are strong opportunities in the future for Australian cattle to be exported to various areas of the Mexico with a focus on beef herd re-population projects.”
Mr Ingle said that the Mexican market was suitable for all beef cattle breeds, although different regions in Mexico preferred particular types of cattle based on their geography and climate.
Livestock exporters and industry service provider LiveCorp are now turning their attention to working with the Australian Government and Mexican authorities on the establishment of the feeder cattle protocol, in addition to the breeder protocol.
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