Joe Ludwig Bows down on Cattle Exports to Indonesia

Below you will see that this evening Ludwig announced an end to the cattle ban, which is indeed good news but I fear the damage has already been done.

I have read in a forum today that the Indonesians have now worked out that they will be almost self sustaining by next year and that next years quota of cattle from Aus will be considerably reduced.

I love the bit where Ludwig sign off on the press release with the following statement:

“These reforms will provide the industry with a sustainable long term future.

“We will continue to work closely with industry to ensure the welfare of Australian cattle remains at the heart of this trade – a trade that has a strong future.”

How Naive is this Minister and this Government? Do they really think that after a major slap in the face to their trading neighbour that everything will go back to how it was and everything will be rosy again…I seriously doubt it having spent many years selling internationally and understanding things like ‘saving face’ and how important communication is with major issues like this!

Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Senator for Queensland

Government lifts live cattle export suspension

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig today issued revised export control orders that open the way for trade in live feeder cattle with Indonesia.

“These new orders allow the export of live cattle only where animals can be managed through supply chains that meet international standards.

“These strict new conditions have been written into all export permits,” Minister Ludwig said:

“They require exporters to trace cattle from properties, onto vessels, into feedlots and into abattoirs that meet agreed international standards.

“Permits will only be issued to those exporters who can demonstrate that this will be the case.”

Minister Ludwig said the appropriate standards to apply to the trade were those contained in the World Animal Health guidelines (OIE).

“Exporters will have to collect and make public data on the consignments they take to market, including where animals are fattened, how they are transported and where they are slaughtered.

“Supply chains will be verified by commercial independent auditors with the entire process to be independently audited on a regular basis. These audit reports will be made public.

“The Government understands that producers and other businesses participating in the industry have been doing it tough.

“These reforms will provide the industry with a sustainable long term future.

“We will continue to work closely with industry to ensure the welfare of Australian cattle remains at the heart of this trade – a trade that has a strong future.”

Media contact: Melissa Patch 0418 734 413 or 6277 7520

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2 Responses to Joe Ludwig Bows down on Cattle Exports to Indonesia

  1. Jamie Nicolaou says:

    I find it hard to believe that considering the numbers they import each year, that they will be self sufficient by next year. It was initially reported they’ll be self sufficient by 2014, now it’s 2012?? I think you’ll find they’ll be looking for alternative supply chains, as they will now feel Australia to be unreliable.

  2. You would know better than I Jamie for sure!