Cattle exports in August brought the year-to-date total 24 percent above year-ago volumes, the latest monthly export data released by Meat & Livestock Australia yesterday shows.
Four competing live exporters supplying cattle to Vietnam have committed to working together to proactively implement a higher-level approach to assuring improved animal welfare outcomes in the market.
Australian cattle exports are running 23 percent higher year on year, with 487,215 cattle exported from January 1 to June 30.
The Australian Livestock Exporter’s Council has today announced that exporters will introduce further new measures designed to strenghten the indsutry;s control of cattle supply chains in Vietnam.
Despite a popular campaign over many years from animal activists and many politicians to replace northern live exports with slaughter at export abattoirs, the experience of AACo’s abattoir in Darwin suggests there is still no economic alternative to the live export trade for northern cattle, writes former Commonwealth public servant Brendan O’Reilly.
Leveraging technology solutions such as Blockchain could help to deliver a better and more transparent livestock export reporting system, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) believes.
Export cattle prices are coming under pressure as the annual northern mustering season pushes more supply onto a market dominated by deteriorating demand conditions in Indonesia.
Damning footage of Australian sheep dead and dying in extreme heat and cramped conditions on vessels bound for the Middle East has sparked industry plans for improved welfare measures and transparency.
The future of the cattle export trade from the Port of Karumba in Queensland’s Gulf is looking brighter following the announcement of a new $6.8 million dredging program for the Norman River.
Just as worsening drought conditions appeared set to push more cattle onto the live export market, rain in Queensland has put the brakes back on supply and helped prices to recover some lost ground.