are on the edge of securing a deal but unfortunately in trade

Tiny insect delays lucrative Australia

SYDNEY/BEIJING (Reuters) An insect uk canada goose the size of a pen tip is frustrating efforts by Australia to sign a deal, potentially worth billions Canada Goose Parka of dollars, to export live cattle to China to feed its fast growing appetite for red meat.

Cattle wait in an enclosure at canada goose coats a livestock export yard Canada Goose Coats On Sale in Noonamah, about 50 km (31 miles) south of the northern Australian city of Darwin in this June 7, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

Talks have stalled canadian goose jacket over the presence in the Australian herd of Bluetongue disease, a virus which is spread by midges, a tiny fly. While the Canada Goose Jackets disease usually has little effect on cattle, it would pose a major threat to China 140 million canada goose strong sheep flock, the world largest.

was hoping we could get a deal by now, Barnaby Joyce, canada goose coats on sale Australia agriculture minister, told Reuters. are on the edge of securing a deal but unfortunately in trade, you can be on the edge for quite some time.

Shipping live animals from Australia to China has been discussed for many years. Official talks began in February and a team of Chinese scientists is currently Canada Goose online carrying out on site inspections, but there is no timetable for an agreement and no guarantee one will be reached.

Live exports could help curb cheap Canada Goose high beef canada goose factory sale prices in China and open up a new market for Australian farmers. China total beef imports are expected to roughly treble to $9 billion by 2025, according to Australian government and UN estimates.

Bluetongue, which is common in tropical and subtropical regions, was first detected in Australia about 35 years ago, and has since spread across the country north, carried by the canada goose uk outlet blood feeding midges.

Any live cattle deal is now buy canada goose jacket expected to be delayed until at least 2015, according to officials at regulatory agencies and industry bodies.

STALLED CHINESE OUTPUT Despite canada goose store buoyant demand for meat, limited land, water and feed is keeping China cattle herd from growing in size. Many feedlots and abattoirs are all but empty. Department of Agriculture.

China has turned to imports to canada goose uk black friday meet canada goose uk shop demand, including from Australia, the world third largest exporter. It takes about half canada goose black friday sale of its needs from Australia, buying Canada Goose Outlet A$785 million worth of red meat in 2013/14, according to Australian government data

However, with rising demand for canada goose clearance sale Australian uk canada goose outlet meat from the United States, Australian exports to China are set to stall at 160,000 cheap canada goose uk tonnes during 2014/15.

This has kept China domestic prices high at around 63 yuan ($10.28) per kilo in retail markets, just below a record 66 yuan per kilo, say analysts.

prices will remain at high levels in cheap canada goose the short term, said Pan Chenjun, senior analyst buy canada goose jacket cheap at Rabobank. is already allowing more imports but the international market price is quite high.

LIVE EXPORT DREAM Australia, which has a national herd of some 27 million head, is forecast to export about a million live cattle in 2014/15 worth some A$830 million, with more than half going to Indonesia.

Although the price of live cattle is at record highs, underutilized feedlots and abattoirs and cheaper labor in China should allow the Asian country to keep down costs.

China regulatory agency, the canada goose clearance General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), said a group of scientists is now in Australia, but offered no guarantee a deal with Australia would go ahead.

The delegation is looking at Canada Goose Online how Bluetongue is managed, Australia Department of Agriculture said. Analysts said that if a deal is agreed, it was likely Australian cattle would be quarantined for several weeks to ensure no sign of Bluetongue.

For Australian producers, the stakes are high.

beef demand in Canada Goose sale China takes off, there probably isn enough cattle in Australia to keep up, said Willem Rudolf Westra van Holthe, minister for primary industry in Australia Northern Territory.