China's massive steak in Ipswich economy

BEEFING IT UP: The Chinese Minister for Agriculture Han Changfu visits the JBS abattoir at Dinmore. Also pictured (from left) are cattle supplier Graeme Acton, plant manager Murray Wilson, and CEO of JBS Australia Brent Eastwood.
BEEFING IT UP: The Chinese Minister for Agriculture Han Changfu visits the JBS abattoir at Dinmore. Also pictured (from left) are cattle supplier Graeme Acton, plant manager Murray Wilson, and CEO of JBS Australia Brent Eastwood. David Nielsen

THE southern hemisphere's largest meat processing plant - JBS at Dinmore - yesterday played host to China's Agriculture Minister.

Han Changfu visited the abattoir that slaughters 3500 cattle a week after being invited by Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig.

Speaking through an interpreter, Minister Han said: I'm very happy to have the opportunity to pay a visit to this facility at the invitation of Minister Ludwig".

"Though my visit is very short, I would very much like to see this relationship bear fruit, he said.

"The visit here to JBS is one of my important stops during my visit. I have got to know JBS is a large business and a modern one.

"In China we have a saying, 'See is believing' and that's why I travelled all these miles to see this company."

JBS chief executive Brent Eastwood said Australia's beef exports to China were big and getting bigger.

For 2010-11 it was 7378 tonnes, up to 18,865 tonnes for 2011-12. Already since last November, 44,258 tonnes of beef has been shipped to China.

JBS' best market was Japan followed by the US, Korea and domestic but at this rate of growth, China would quickly become a major trading partner.

China is also a major importer of Austrlia's lamb and sheep meat.

"We're very happy to host Minister Han and the Chinese delegation. We have a very close relationship and it's a very important market for JBS ," Mr Eastwood said.

"It's the only meat company he's visiting while he's here. He arrived in the country yesterday and he's leaving tomorrow.

"We've got some of our senior team going to China next week."

The clean, green image Australia had in animal production processing and food safety was very attractive, he said.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale was delighted by another example of the close relationship between Ipswich and China.

"So I want to say thank you for taking the time to visit our city and talk to the wonderful people at JBS, who have been very good friends of the city for many years," he told the Minister.

Topics:  abattoir china jbs australia meatworks joe ludwig

Armed robber with heavy conscience turns himself in

court generic

Armed robber dobs himself in suffering guilty conscience......again

Star Jets player turned drug addict found with loaded gun

Jets Rookie of the year turned druggy seeks new life

More jobs created by Ipswich investment worth millions

The company has invested $4 million in Ipswich

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

10 things to do this weekend

Support the United Tradesmen's Lodge as they raise funds for Guide Dogs Queensland by Dining in the Dark

Check out what's happening around the region

Kindy celebrates golden years

Maisie, Isaac and Abigail from the C&K - Silkstone Baptist Community Kindergarten.

Don't miss cake cutting ceremony with Mayor Paul Pisasale

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track