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Local cattle producer Rob Atkinson, says not only does moving live cattle cost a lot more in freight compared to boxed beef, it also “has animal welfare benefits, with a processing plant closer to where the animals are reared it means less time in the trucks for them..."

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"Cattle and beef self-sufficiency has recently become an important policy objective in Indonesia... " 2010

Indonesia had been contemplating self sufficiency way before the Animals Australia/4 Corners exposé, as this ANU paper 'Home grown: cattle and beef self sufficiency in Indonesia', written in 2010 clearly shows. Yet even the chief executive of the Australian Agricultural Company continues to spout the untruths and disinformation that has become so common amongst supporters and proponents of live exports. SLE



From The Australian, by Andrew Main

January 16, 2013 12:00AM

THE federal government damaged its long term relations with Indonesia by the unintended consequences of banning live cattle exports back in 2011, according to David Farley, chief executive of the Australian Agricultural Company.

The exports were suspended after a public outcry following revelations of cruel practices in some Indonesian abattoirs.

"When that happened the Indonesian government decided to pursue a policy of self sufficiency in beef,'' Mr Farley said, "and domestic beef prices in Indonesia rose so much that farmers have been selling breeding cattle for slaughter."

Speaking after a panel discussion on global food security at the Asian Financial Forum, he said the inevitable result would be that Indonesian cattle stocks will run down.

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"But meanwhile, the number of live cattle we are selling into Indonesia dropped from around 750,000 head a year in 201, to around 250,000 last year and the Indonesians are predicting around 200,000 in 2013,'' he said.

Mr Farley said that while logic would suggest the trade will revive, "they now have this desire to be self sufficient in beef that they didn't have before, and there's no guarantee they'll come back to us''.

"And if they do call upon us, Australia will have been out of production for a number of years,'' he said, referring to the lack of research into developing strains of cattle that can survive extreme weather conditions that are becoming more prevalent in northern Australia.

Mr Farley said that the current federal government appeared to have a "let them eat cake" attitude to food trade with nearby markets rather than working on "our sovereign responsibility to be good neighbours in the region''.

"Unfortunately it's not in the DNA of the current minority government and it's not in the purview of the greater urban democracy in Australia,'' he said.

Mr Farley said that Australia can currently feed around 80 million people, but that it had the capacity to feed 150 million and, if it exported its expertise as well, "we have the capacity to feed 500 million''.

But, he said, there was a mindset that placed little importance on that capacity, which is becoming ever more necessary as the global population keeps increasing.

"People in Australia seem to be more ready to listen to Tim Flannery than Bono or Bob Geldof, both of whom have strong views on creating an efficient global food business.''

Mr Farley said that energy uncertainty had seen the price of corn pushed up to excessive levels to create ethanol in some countries, even though "you can park a car when the energy runs out but you still have to eat".


 

THE WA Livestock Exporters Association has defended the James Point Port Project against accusations by South Metropolitan MLC Lynn MacLaren that the project should not go ahead based on the “discredited” live export trade.

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Al Shuwaikh loading in Fremantle. Photo: K Love

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Nope... nothing. Not one word of thanks to Lyn White and Animals Australia. If it wasn't for them, stun rates would still be at 10%, and little Steph's Indonesian adventure would have been full of images of whipping, beating, eye-gouging, tail-breaking, roped slaughter and mostly unstunned throat-cutting, though I doubt she would have been brave enough to face what Lyn White endured.

It took the bravery of Lyn White facing situations like a steer with a partially severed head charging towards her, or witnessing the prolonged abuse of many other individual steers to get the evidence that was instrumental in achieving a vast improvement in the conditions in Indonesian abattoirs, to which Australian animals are now sent; to get MLA and the government/DAFF to do in 12 months what they couldn't or wouldn't do in 18 years.

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Roped slaughter 2011, now prohibited under ESCAS. Photo: Animals Australia

In July last year, Steph missed the boat so to speak, when she boarded the Ocean Drover for a leisurely 15 day voyage to Bahrain. Had she boarded the same vessel on its very next voyage out of Fremantle, she would have found herself on a 37 day voyage to hell, and her blog photos may have been a little different; this was the voyage that carried 22,000 of the original 75,000 sheep to their final destination and massacre in Karachi, Pakistan, after being rejected by Bahrain contrary to our Memorandum of Understanding with that country, due to a scabbymouth outbreak.

Just lucky I guess... sure makes for slanted representation.

Katrina Love

Read about Steph's latest sanitized adventure here.

It seems the reports coming from some proponents of live exports, that there was a glutt of lamb and sheep meat in the market and Australia can't offload more, might be not quite accurate.

"THE Middle East accounted for almost 100,000 tonnes of Australian sheepmeat last year.

Record exports in November established the region as Australia's No.1 lamb destination for the third year in a row."

Read full article here.

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Photo: Animals Australia

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