Australia’s livestock export industry has had its share of difficult years but there are several reasons why 2019 is set to be its most challenging yet.
The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council has voiced its strong support for an investigation by industry regulators into the factors that caused a vessel loaded with 4327 dairy heifers to rock from side to side after departing port last Wednesday.
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.