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Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe

Don’t Ignore Our Small Pastoralists

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Willem Westra van Holthe, is calling on Territory live exporters to consider smaller, local pastoralists when sourcing live cattle for export to Indonesia.

The call comes after the Indonesian Government recently announced they will increase the allocation of Australian cattle by an additional 25,000 head over the next three months without the previous weight restriction of 350 kg.

“The news that these quotas have been increased has been welcomed by the live cattle export industry as a whole, after two years of challenging times.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.

“The industry needs some relief, and this announcement is a vital shot in the arm for northern cattle producers.”

“I urge the live exporters to now support our local, smaller pastoralists and to source the additional cattle from these smaller producers. Mr. Westra van Holthe said.  

“Smaller, family based operators are at a distinct disadvantage when they’re competing against the big producers.”

Mr. Westra van Holthe said he had spoken to the NTLEA (Northern Territory Livestock Exporters ‘Association) on this matter.

“I want to ensure local pastoralists will receive the best possible outcomes from this announcement.”

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