A new agreement with China could see expanded exports of Saskatchewan beef and pork to southeast Asia.
China has agreed to import chilled Canadian beef and pork on a trial basis.
Ryder Lee, the CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, says China is one of the top buyers of Canadian frozen beef and the pilot project could lead to even better sales.
“Being able to serve that market with fresh chilled means high-quality Canadian beef can serve that,” says Lee. “When you’re freezing stuff and shipping it that way, it kind of takes away from some of how you can sell and how you can work things.”
“This should mean improved value from that market too.”
The Canadian meat industry estimates the increased exports of pork could reach $100 million. For beef, it’s estimated exports could climb as high as $125 million over the next five years.