March 20, 2014


Vietnam's Red Star Company builds agriculture complex for Australian cattle



Vietnam's Red Star Company has built an agriculture complex to cater for Australian cattle worth approximately US$5 million.


At a meeting last week with delegates from the Northern Territory Government, Red Star's director general, Nhi, proudly announced his facility was ready to start importing Australian livestock.


In the Dak Lak Province, north-west of Nha Trang, the company has built from scratch an integrated farming system that includes a feedlot, abattoir and 1,500 hectares of nearby farmland to grow feed for the cattle.


Nhi says he's looking forward to the first cattle arriving from Australia in April and in the first week of May. He says other companies are importing cattle from countries such as Cambodia, but he is only interested in Australian cattle because the 'quality is better'.


He says beef processed at his facility will be sold mostly to those living in the Dak Lak province and the complex will directly employ about 60 people once the cattle arrive.


Ben Hindle, from the New Territory Livestock Exporters Association, says the work done by Red Star to meet the requirements of handling Australian cattle has been impressive and exporters will be doing all they can to supply its needs.