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Russia demands more Aussie cattle 1.5.2013
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 08:01:35 PM »
Russia's love affair with Australian beef cattle is set to continue, with the chief of Angus Australia tipping further growth in the market this year.

Live exports of the Angus cattle breed to Russia have grown from 4,000 females in 2010 to 33,000 last year.

Angus Australia CEO Peter Parnell says it's part of the country's drive to supply its population with locally bred beef. 
  Australian angus cattle in high demand from Russia height=227 Photo: Angus Australia predicts angus heifer exports to Russia will exceed last year's figure of 33,000 head in 2013. (Brad Markham, file photo: ABC News)

"There is a strong desire, I think, both from commercial interest in those countries and by governments and leadership, to increase their meat production capacity.

"So I think that provides us an opportunity to export our cattle to those countries, but we're also seeing an increase demand from some of those countries, particularly Russia for our beef exports as well."

Mr Parnell expects Angus heifer exports to Russia this year will exceed the 2012 figures.

He says the future of the live export program is dependent on economic and political stability in eastern Europe and Australia's ability to supply enough cattle to meet demand.

Libby and Bruce Creek, who manage several beef properties in the south-east of South Australia, have learnt to raise cattle in extreme cold and snow.

Last year, the couple were hired by a private firm to build an Angus herd from scratch in Kazakhstan, which can experience temperatures as low as -35 degrees in winter.

Libby Creek says they've installed some clever technology to help the cattle adapt to the climate.

"One of the main issues we had was to keep them hydrated," she said.

"They were trying to eat the snow, and the snow was so dry it would hurt their mouths, so we had to get them to walk to the motion sensor water.

"The sensor would trigger the water to rise up from three metres below the ground and the minute they would walk away from the trough, the water would drop back down so it doesn't freeze."

She says the first consignment of cattle sent to Kazakhstan last year are now calving.

Laurissa Smith