TLG participated in a recent business delegation to China organised by Warrnambool City Council.
The delegation travelled to Warrnambool’s sister city Changchun in Jilin Province, and the focus was on the agricultural and Educational sectors. It was structured around delegates gaining a better understanding of the food and agriculture trade opportunities available in Changchun, and facilitated business to business discussions around prospects for future collaboration.
The first company visited was a beef cattle breeding enterprise, incorporating a bull station for frozen semen production, replacement cattle rearing, research and development, product marketing and services. The focus was on Simmental, Charolais, Limousin and Angus, with 70 adult bulls, 20 replacement bulls and 159 cows. The annual frozen semen production at the centre is over 1 million straws.
The next company had six main industries, being animal husbandry feeding, feedmill processing, food processing, biological products, leather processing and organic fertilizer manufacture. Again the focus was on Simmental, Limousin and Angus. The cattle listen to music, drink spring water, have access to automatic massage machines and are even given beer! The annual processing capacity of its abattoir is 1 million cattle and 2 million sheep per annum. They are the largest beef exporter in China (more than 50% of the total of China) and exports to more than 20 countries.
The last company consists of dairy manufacturing, dairy cow farming, and sales and manufacturing of livestock feed. They have a complete business chain around dairy manufacturing. They have imported 8000 heifers from Australia, and have the capacity of breeding more than 30,000 head.
Taking part in the delegation has given TLG exposure to and opened a dialogue with some relevant businesses in the Changchun region, and we are hopeful that that we can establish some valuable relationships and collaborate with these businesses in the future.