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Businesses jump at chance to join Chinese delegation

FOR the Wandoan-based Donohoe Cattle Company the chance to join a delegation to China is the first step toward a future in exports.    

Operations manager Kirillee Donohoe said it was amazing to be part of such a valuable opportunity.   

"Our property is 728ha (1800 acres), we run about 1200 breeders of angus and droughtmaster cattle but definitely our focus going forward is angus so we are going over to China to investigate," Mrs Donohoe said.   

"We are very early on in our journey to exporting.   

Kirillee Donohoe from Donohoe Cattle Company at Wandoan.
Kirillee Donohoe from Donohoe Cattle Company at Wandoan. Bev Lacey

"The tools, the knowledge, the information they are providing and assisting us with to become export ready is wonderful."  

Due to the Free Trade Agreement between China and Australia, Mrs Donohoe said the country was one of their focuses but were open to other Asian opportunities.   

"Angus would be what we are going to focus on, but obviously we have got to see what the market is interested in," she said.   

Having lived in Toowoomba about 10 years ago, Mrs Donohoe said she was amazed at how Toowoomba had grown and was excited to be part of the history-making trip.     

Toowoomba-based PB Agrifood director Peter Brodie was also excited to be part of the delegation to meet new opportunities in business.  

First international passenger flight by Qantas from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport to Shanghai. Peter Brodie from PB Agrifoods. October 23, 2016
First international passenger flight by Qantas from Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport to Shanghai. Peter Brodie from PB Agrifoods. October 23, 2016 Bev Lacey

Mr Brodie explained his company consisted of three businesses which manufactured food and feed products. Its products include mungbeans and soybeans.   

"We export into Taiwan, Korean and Japan and we have only really just started into China because our sort of business has always been in niche markets," he said.   

Mr Brodie said about 15 per cent of their business was currently exports.  

There are many different business sectors attending the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise's AccessChina'16 delegation including agriculture, education, finance, government, health, logistics, mining/services, professional services and sustainable design and manufacturing.   

Topics:  accesschina16 china'16 exports toowoomba wellcamp airport


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