Beef exporters working hard

Good to see that live cattle exports are recovering after the halt imposed. From Queensland Country Life:

Beef exporters working hard

29 Nov, 201104:00 AM
AUSTRALIAN Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) chief executive officer Lach Mackinnon believes all sectors of the northern beef supply chain are working hard to ensure the future stability of the Australian live export sector.The ALEC is the national policy body representing the livestock export industry.Its members include livestock exporters and state chapters whose members are directly involved in the export of cattle, sheep and goats.Appointed as the CEO of the ALEC in 2008, Mr Mackinnon has developed strong working relationships with Australian livestock producers and exporters and the importers of Australian livestock in overseas markets.

Mr Mackinnon said the Australian live export sector had a bright future, with recent feedback coming out of Indonesia looking particularly promising.

“Live trade to Indonesia resumed in July and the first ships left Australia in August and since then about 120,000 head of cattle have gone into that market,” he said.

“Obviously we would have liked to have seen more cattle going in that period but considering that the trade was suspended and then re-opened we are pretty happy with the volume of cattle that have gone through.”

Mr Mackinnon said Australian cattle were only being sent to abattoirs in Indonesia that met the new standards set by the Federal Government.

“There are currently 17 abattoirs in Indonesia that have been independently audited under the new regulatory framework but we hope to double that number by the end of the year,” he said.

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has also been working closely with industry, governments and overseas partners to further develop a sustainable and resilient livestock export trade.

MLA does not regulate livestock exports or animal welfare in overseas markets and under the new regulatory framework, assuring acceptable animal welfare outcomes is the responsibility of individual supply chains.

The Livestock Export Program (LEP) is operated by MLA in partnership with LiveCorp to provide research and development (R&D) and market support activities to assist supply chains to meet their responsibilities.”


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