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The West Australian based agribusiness Wellard Group has expanded its exports into China and believes it may start shipping live feeder and slaughter cattle there within five to six months.
The company air freighted more than 1,200 dorper rams and ewes from WA, Victoria and South Australia and has also shipped its first container of frozen mutton to China.
This follows the export accreditation of its abattoir Beaufort River Meats at Woodanilling, 60 kilometres east of Katanning in WA's Great Southern.
Wellard already has a presence in China as an exporter of high performance dairy heifers from Australia and New Zealand.
Mauro Balzarini is the CEO of the Wellard Group.
He says the rams and ewes took a 15 hour first class flight from Perth to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, for breeding purposes.