Export ban labelled 'unholy mess'
THE live cattle export ban debacle has wide-ranging ramifications for the beef industry locally and abroad, according to a Central Highlands grazier.
“The damage is done,” Blackwater’s John Engwicht said bluntly.
“I’ve just been speaking with the meatworks and some of the losses are going to be absolutely horrific based on some future contracts entered into.”
Mr Engwicht said he believed Australia’s live export reputation in the wake of the Four Corners Indonesian slaughterhouse footage and the subsequent ban slapped on by the Federal Government, had been irreparably damaged.
“There’s nothing you could say was right about the way in which this has been handled,” Mr Engwicht said.
“Unfortunately it has not stopped in the north of Queensland. It has filtered down even into northern New South Wales.
“The lamb producers are screaming because there’s so much cheap beef about it’s impacting on lamb prices.
“Australia has now been branded an unreliable supplier in international terms and purchasers don’t come back to deal. This has been an unholy mess.”
Affected cattle producers and workers will continue to receive compensation from the $30m hardship relief package.