October 4, 2011


South Australia expected to increase livestock exports to Tatarstan



A visit by the Republic of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov to South Australia suggests opportunities for increased exports, which include livestock breeding stock.


It follows plans by Kazakhstan to buy 400 beef cattle this year and another 2,100 next year from southern Australia, which was announced last week.


The South Australian Tatar Community president Roostam Sadri said it was a successful visit that he expected to lead to significant business in the next few months.


Mr Sadri said there was potential for students to come here for education, while the resurrection of the Tatarstan dairy industry would require shipments of dairy cattle.


Treasurer Jack Snelling said the visit by the President and a delegation was a huge opportunity for SA business, particularly in the areas of livestock and technology exchange. He added that the President is highly regarded in Russia and hopes it will help with business links there.


In recent years Tatarstan has bought breeding cattle from Australia, through Elders, and wants to expand that business, while Adelaide Hills Company Steriline Racing has also installed starting gates at the Kazan Hippodrome.


Among the delegation's visits during a 24-hour trip to SA last week were to the South Australian Research and Development Institute at Roseworthy, while the delegation also met Elders chief executive Malcolm Jackman and general manager meat and livestock Hamish Browning.


Mr Browning said the discussions centred on desire for the two countries to do more business together.


He said that they delivered several air shipments of dairy cattle to Tatarstan about 18 months ago and they expressed great satisfaction with those cattle because they have performed really well.

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