Vietnam now open to Canada’s live cattle, sheep, goats

In what the Canadian government calls a “milestone” decision, Vietnam has become the first Asian market since 2003 to accept live Canadian breeding cattle, sheep and goats.

That means Canada may now compete for its share of a Vietnamese market for live ruminants estimated as worth nearly $50 million, the government said in a release Sunday.

The formal approval from Vietnam’s animal health department for Canadian export health certificates for live cattle and live goats and sheep, allowing trade to resume “immediately,” is expected to lead to “the first commercially significant sales of these Canadian animals into Asia since 2003.”

The Vietnamese industry has expressed “strong interest” in live cattle from Canada as well as live sheep and goats, the government said.

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