Redman Welcomes Federal Government Commitment On Livestock Exports

Redman Welcomes Federal Government Commitment On Livestock Exports

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman

Livestock Exports – The Farmer Review

Victor P Taffa

  • Release of industry review following suspension of cattle exports to Indonesia earlier this year
  • State Government backs moves to improve livestock export standards
  • Minister welcomes the intent to ensure sustainability of the live export trade

The Western Australian Government will work with industry, and other State and Federal governments towards implementing improvements in the livestock export industry following the release of a national review.

The Independent Review of Australia’s Livestock Export Trade (the Farmer Review) commissioned by the Federal Government was today released by Senator Joe Ludwig.

 

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said he was currently considering the 14 recommendations from the review, the Federal Government’s response to those recommendations, as well as reports from the Cattle and Sheep Industry-Government working groups.

Mr. Redman welcomed the commitment by the Federal Government to support a sustainable livestock export industry.

“I’m pleased Senator Ludwig is taking a consultative approach to this very important issue, and I’m confident government and industry can reach agreement on standards and protocols that are acceptable to all stakeholders and the Australian public.” Mr. Redman said.

“The State Government firmly supports the live export industry, which provides a major economic contribution to the WA agrifood sector and rural communities.”

“This Government and the WA industry has taken a lead role to gain the resumption of the live cattle trade with Indonesia and had key input into the new standards for cattle.”

The Minister, who recently returned from Indonesia, said he was encouraged by developments in the implementation of improved animal welfare and auditing processes in that country.

The new standards for cattle to Indonesia have been the model for the development of a new supply chain assurance framework for all Australian live exports. The Federal Government has indicated the framework will be implemented in stages with 75 % of trade covered by February 2012 and for all trade by the end of 2012.

“This will require a concerted and collaborative effort from all parties and close work with our trading partners this is a shared responsibility.”

 Fact File

  • In 2010-11, WA cattle exports were valued at $244 Million, accounting for about 40 % of the nation’s live cattle trade
  • WA sheep exports in 2010-11 were valued at $263 Million, accounting for three quarters of the nation’s sheep exports