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WA abattoirs safe from bite of Russian beef ban

Anna Vidot, Friday April 4, 2014 - 12:21 EDT
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Export manager at the V&V Walsh abattoir in Bunbury, Paul Crane, says Russia's suspension of chilled meat isn't likely to affect WA directly. - ABC

Red meat processors in southern Western Australia say the Russian ban on Australian chilled and frozen beef imports isn't likely to affect WA directly.

"Australia is reasonably small these days so if it has an effect on east coast processors and they can't put product into there, then that can ultimately lead to some effect into WA, but I don't think it will be immediate," says export manager at Bunbury's V&V Walsh meatworks, Paul Crane.

As large numbers of cattle are being slaughtered in parts of the eastern states due to the drought, Mr Walsh isn't worried about excess product leaking across the border to flood the WA market.

"Traditionally it would affect us but this year the Chinese market has absorbed quite a lot of that sort of product.

"The bigger issue for everybody in Australia is going to be a lack of livestock which will force prices up."


© ABC 2014

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