Cattle ready for export again

THE Federal Government has lifted its suspension on the live export trade, imposed in early June after shocking footage of the mistreatment of animals in Indonesia was aired on Australian television.

But it has imposed a new requirement that exporters ensure animal welfare standards, from Australia to the slaughter floor in Indonesia.

MLA managing director Scott Hansen told a Rural Press Club breakfast in Melbourne one company had met those requirements and was preparing to load a boat bound for Indonesia.

“My understanding is we now have at least one company who intends to start loading a boat next week. They’ve got their audits completed, they’ve got their approvals all in place,” Mr Hansen said yesterday.

“I’m aware of two other supply chains that have now had their audits completed by the independent auditors.

“We’re starting to see the re-emergence of these supply chains that are going to be able to start re-exporting cattle out of the top end.”


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