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AUSTRALIA – Australia Suspends All Live Exports To Indonesia – June 08, 2011

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has announced today that it will suspend all exports of live cattle to Indonesia, until new safeguards are established for the trade.

Minister Joe Ludwig said he had ordered a complete suspension of all livestock exports to Indonesia for the purposes of slaughter.

It has been eight days since ABC Four Corners published horrifying footage of the treatment of animals going to slaughter in Indonesia. The footage has caused outrage amongst the beef industry, animal welfare groups and the general public.

The suspension will be in place until the Government establishes sufficient safeguards to ensure there is verifiable and transparent supply chain assurance up to and including the point of slaughter for every consignment that leaves Australia.

“A sustainable live cattle export industry must be built on the ability to safeguard the welfare of the animals,” he said.

This decision was made following serious consideration of advice and evidence presented to the government since last Monday.

As I previously announced, an independent reviewer will be appointed to undertake a complete supply chain review of the live export trade for all markets,” Minister Ludwig said.

The independent reviewer will now also inform both the design and application of the new safeguards.

Minister Ludwig said the Indonesian and Australian governments have agreed to work closely together, and with industry, to bring about improvements in practices in abattoirs and to make this important trade sustainable in the longer term.

Whilst animal welfare groups welcome the news, the Cattle Council of Australia is keen to work with the government to resume trade as soon as possible.

“We will seek an urgent meeting with the Minister to develop and implement the type of supply chain assurance he has sought for the trade to recommence,” David Inall, CEO, Cattle Council of Australia said.

The Australian livestock industry has said that it understands the reasons behind the Australian Government’s decision to temporarily suspend the live cattle trade to Indonesia until a controlled system that will assure the welfare of Australian cattle exported to Indonesia has been implemented.

The industry is now working on delivering a “controlled system”. Under the proposed system, the industry has said it will commit to trading with a core group of facilities in Indonesia, which are independently accredited to meet OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) animal welfare standards.

On top of this the plan is for animal welfare officers to be permanently stationed at the accredited processing facilities, but arguably most importantly, the industry hopes to rapidly increase the use of stunning in as many facilities as possible.

Meat and Livestock Association Chairman Don Heatley said the suspension of the trade will most certainly have an impact on cattle producers and communities in the north and this needs to be acknowledged.

Information TheCattleSite News Desk

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AUSTRALIA – Suspension Of Live Exports To Indonesian Facilities – May 31, 2011

AUSTRALIA – Live cattle exports to 11 Indonesian abattoirs investigated by the ABC’s Four Corners programme will be suspended, Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has confirmed.

The broadcast showed horrific visions of cattle being inhumanely slaughtered at Indonesian abattoirs.

The footage is said to be worse than an expose into live cattle exports to Egypt five years ago, which forced the Australian Government to suspend trade.

The footage showed cattle being beaten, whipped and kicked prior to slaughter.

Despite industry assurances that the welfare of cattle sent to Indonesia is “generally good”, Four Corners revealed that many thousands of these animals die slow and hideous deaths.

Minister Ludwig has ordered an immediate investigation into the footage by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

He also announced the suspension of a type of animal-restraint box used in live exports, and asked the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer to coordinate an independent, scientific assessment of the on-going appropriateness of all types of restraint boxes.

“We’d assumed that because there were greater level of industry involvement in Indonesia, the treatment of livestock would’ve been better. But we couldn’t have been more wrong,” said ABC Four Corners.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Chairman Don Heatley said the industry fully accepts there is much more work to do in Indonesia, and that the treatment depicted in the footage will not be tolerated by anyone in the industry.

“The livestock export industry will be investigating the further facilities identified during Four Corners and will take immediate corrective action, as it did last week when shown footage of four facilities. On seeing this footage the industry immediately moved to suspend the supply of cattle to three facilities where cruel practices were identified.

“MLA and LiveCorp also sent an extra team of animal welfare experts to Indonesia to intensify our training programmes to address poor practices identified in another facility,” Mr Heatley said.

Cattle Council of Australia CEO David Inall said the industry is assessing every facility that receives Australian cattle.

“The animal cruelty shown on the Four Corners programme is indefensible. Cattle producers are committed to ensuring facilities that receive our cattle are meeting international standards,” Mr Inall said.

Australian Beef Association Chairman, Brad Bellinger said: “He and his fellow ABA members were appalled at what they saw on the Four Corners expose of Indonesian slaughter.”

He said that banning live cattle exports was not the answer, as it would bankrupt Northern producers who have no export abattoir within 2500kms.

Indonesia is Australia’s biggest customer, taking 60 per cent of the live cattle trade.

That’s half a million animals a year, worth more than $400 million.

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CHINA – Chinese middle-class helps Fonterra set new export record – 27th Apr 11

The world’s biggest dairy exporter, Fonterra, says demand from aspiring middle-class consumers in Asia – particularly China – has underpinned recorded the cooperative’s record level of monthly exports: 229,000 tonnes in March.

“The real driver for the export record is the ongoing strong demand from China, South East Asia and the Middle East,” said the company’s managing director of trade and operations, Gary Romano.

“In these regions, we are seeing the emergence of the middle-class with more discretionary income and a desire for more nutritious foods,” he said. “Dairy fits the bill”.

The record shipments were part of continued growth in global demand for high quality dairy products from New Zealand.

“Our supply chain team were effectively closing the door on an export container every 2.6 minutes,” Romano said. “That’s equivalent to 560 containers a day”.

“We expect the record month will inject around $1.2 billion into the New Zealand economy,” he said.

In August last year, Fonterra announced that it had set a new annual export record, sending 2.1 million tonnes of product to international markets for the first time in its nine-year history.

The export tonnages from August 2009 to July 2010 were 60,000 tonnes higher than in 2008-2009 and were a factor in New Zealand’s six month run of consecutive trade surpluses.

Milkpowder, butter and cheese all ranked among the leading exports which saw the June trade surplus hit $276 million and the year-to-June surplus in 2010 reach $639 million.

Those gains were also attributed to Asian demand, and Fonterra said at the time that it shipped an average 380 containers a day, with highs of 500 between the peak export months of November and April.

The final payout to farmers for this season’s milkflows will be announced in September, but directors have already said that farmers can expect a record payout in the season due to end next month.

The cooperative has indicated that a surplus of around $8/kg milksolids is likely to result in an average of $900,000 being available for each farmer: its current forecast range for the 2011 season is $7.90-$8.00kg milksolids (before retentions) to farmers, unchanged from the levels announced in late February.

Its 10,500 farmers are expected to each receive between $7.75 kg and $7.80/kg in cash from their milk payment, plus the cooperative’s dividend.

Fonterra’s previous record in 2008 was $7.90/kg (before retentions), the company said. That season, farmers received $7.66 kg in cash.

The 2011 forecast is based on a milk price of $7.50/kg and a distributable profit (surplus) range of $550-$690 million, equivalent to 40c-50c a share, from which Fonterra plans to pay a dividend of 25c-30c a share.

The bonanza payout will be in spite of a tough start to the dairying season with drought, floods and snow storms.

Information NZPA