China will end up taking around 295-300,000t of our beef for 2019, making it Australia's biggest beef customer by volume.
The deal that sees the US get 35,000t of the EU's annual 45,000t quota of grain-fed beef imports comes into effect in January.
With the difficult seasonal conditions, it's important not to miss securing a kill before the closure.
The small rise in the national cattle hard masks some large changes on a state and regional scale according to Mecardo's Angus Brown.
In this week's Over the Hooks column Ken Wilcock takes a deep dive into the murky world of fake meat.