RUSSIA'S not interested but China, the world's leading consumer of meat, has its eyes on Australian cattle.
Negotiations between China and Australia are beefing-up this week after talks in Beijing pre-G20, with the region's cattle industry now being included in discussions.
According to the Federal Government, the deal between Australia and China is expected to involve one million beef cattle annually, at a value of more than $1billion - effectively doubling Australia's live-export cattle trade.
In the 2013-14 fiscal year, Australian live cattle exports reached 1.13million head, up 79% on 2012-13, and were valued at $1.05billion.
It's a positive outlook for the national industry but the region's supply is on trade hold due to the bluetongue virus.
"The China free trade deal doesn't allow live cattle from northern Australia," Jambin cattle farmer Geoff Maynard said.
"It takes the tariff off live cattle, however live cattle from northern Australia aren't allowed to go to China because of the bluetongue virus."