Export Ban Raises Concerns for Cattle Sector

AUSTRALIA - The block on live exports of cattle to Indonesia and the inability to come to an agreement over animal welfare standards will mean north Australian producers will have to send their cattle to southern markets.
calendar icon 22 June 2011
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However, according to a report on ABC, the norther cattle does not meet the specifications set by the southern markets.

The report says that southern markets could become saturated with cattle.

"They're not suitable, but they can't be left on the properties. They'll starve to death if they're left on the properties," said livestock consultant Graham Hopf.

The concerns are that a flood of cattle onto the markets will downgrade the Australian cattle sector.

A bill to ban all live exports is before Federal Parliament, although the report says it is unlikely to get support from the major parties.

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