AGRICULTURAL science staff from Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) recently welcomed to campus a group of 25 farmers from the South Korean Hwasun livestock cooperative.
The Korean farmers were in Australia on an agricultural fact-finding mission.
The visit to CSU was one stop on a tour of NSW meat and livestock and agribusiness industries including markets, saleyards and abattoirs, primary producers, retailers and even the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
While at CSU Orange, the group spent time with Doctor Karl Behrendt, senior lecturer in agribusiness, CSU school of agricultural and wine sciences who discussed the Australian agricultural environment, in particular the cattle and sheep industries.
Karl also provided international comparisons of performance and outcomes from the agri benchmark network, a consortium that measures and analyses farm processes in countries representing 90 per cent of world beef production and 55 per cent of world sheep production.
Mr Ian Sanders, leader international engagement, NSW department of primary industries, gave an overview of the NSW economy, primary industries and trade with Korea, with a particular focus on the goat industry, and discussed the implications of the Korea-Australia free trade agreement for agricultural commodities.
The visit to CSU concluded with a tour of the farm accompanied by school of agricultural and wine sciences staff, Peter Mills and Jane Kelly.
The organiser of the visit was Phillip Adams, past chairman of the Boer goat breeders association, said, “There was great interest in the free trade agreement between the two countries.”
“We covered a lot of ground in the three days as they are very interested in how we produce the products that we export to Korea and are looking for some new products.”
Professor Sang-Suk Lee, from the department of animal science and technology, Sunchon National University, South Korea and a representative of the South Korean ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs accompanied the group on their Australian visit.