Category: International Trading

Live export standards review loses chairman Back and will finish this year

A REVIEW of Australia’s standards for livestock exports will be completed this year, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David little Proud announced today. The post Live export standards review loses chairman Back and will finish this year appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export standards review loses chairman Back… Read more »

New Zealand markets 131 tonnes of wool in first online sale

NEW ZEALAND has held its first successful online sale of wool – marketing about 131 tonnes of crossbred and slipe wool to major domestic buyers. The post New Zealand markets 131 tonnes of wool in first online sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand markets 131 tonnes of wool in… Read more »

Ship stockmen share their livex voyage experiences during Beef 2018

A rare chance to hear a different side of the live export industry was given at Beef 2018 in Rockhampton when two stockmen who work on ships spoke of their experiences. The frank admissions of Ben Giblet from Wellards and Richard Leitch from Fares Rural Exports provided an insight into the day-to-day workings of a… Read more »

Senators told live sheep death images will damage Australia’s food ‘brand’

FOOTAGE of dead and dying sheep on live export shipments would damage Australia’s brand as a clean, safe and ethical food producer and push more people to vegetarianism, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton conceded to a Senate Estimates hearing today. The post Senators told live sheep death images will damage Australia’s food… Read more »

Australian farmer bodies start email campaign to retain live sheep exports

AUSTRALIAN farmers are being asked to join a national MP email campaign to support live sheep exports, but weeks after hundreds of thousands of people have responded to online petitions aimed at banning the trade. The post Australian farmer bodies start email campaign to retain live sheep exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Live export boss avoids jail after 22,000 sheep slaughtered, buried in mass grave

Garry Robinson walks free after pleading guilty to falsifying Commonwealth documents that allowed 22,000 sheep to be imported into Pakistan, where they were brutally killed in vision that shocked Australia. Source: ABC Livestock Live export boss avoids jail after 22,000 sheep slaughtered, buried in mass grave

Live sheep export pleas made to farmers as phase-out Bill stalls in parliament

WESTERN Australian farmers have been urged to fight plans to shut down live sheep exports to the Middle East as proposed legislation to end the trade within five years faces an uncertain future. The post Live sheep export pleas made to farmers as phase-out Bill stalls in parliament appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

Brazil ag minister praises cattle producers as FMD status upgraded

Brazil’s minister of Agriculture says the country’s new status of “free of foot and mouth disease with vaccination”, which is being formalised at this week’sWorld Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) assembly, is the result of ‘a long and hard trajectory of dedication’ of Brazilian cattle ranchers and the country’s veterinary sector. The post Brazil ag… Read more »

Lobbying begins after Ley introduces live sheep export phase-out Bill

LIBERAL MP Sussan Ley has proposed phasing out live sheep experts to the Middle East within five years in a Private Members Bill introduced to Federal Parliament this morning. The post Lobbying begins after Ley introduces live sheep export phase-out Bill appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Lobbying begins after Ley introduces… Read more »

Aus cattle shipments up but Indonesia in doldrums

Australian cattle exports to all destinations from January to April 2018 were 25 percent above year-ago levels, according to the recently released shipment data. The post Aus cattle shipments up but Indonesia in doldrums appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Aus cattle shipments up but Indonesia in doldrums

First quarter global beef prices 6pc higher, as volume grows

Global beef prices remained strong in the first quarter 2018 with increased global export supply expected throughout the rest of this year. The current global situation, analyst Simon Quilty argues, is due to a demand-driven market, as opposed to four years ago in 2014 which was supply-driven. Current indications show that present international beef demand… Read more »

Chinese and American trade stand-off is good news for wool industry

STEPS to avoid a looming trade war between China and the United States were good news for Australia’s wool industry, leading analyst Chris Wilcox said today. The post Chinese and American trade stand-off is good news for wool industry appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chinese and American trade stand-off is good… Read more »

Support for live export ban grows as shutdown bill begins voyage through Parliament

The live sheep exports sector could be entirely closed down in five years under a private member’s bill to be introduced by Liberal MP Sussan Ley, with Labor also set to throw its support behind the legislation. Source: ABC Livestock Support for live export ban grows as shutdown bill begins voyage through Parliament

Live export ban was never on Coalition agenda, but its hand may be forced

The Turnbull Government’s review into live sheep exports was never going to recommend a ban. But Liberal MP Sussan Ley will push for a ban in Parliament regardless, and with support from Labor and cross-benchers, she may well succeed, writes Laura Tingle. Source: ABC Livestock Live export ban was never on Coalition agenda, but… Read more »

Live trade threat turns biggest importer of Australian sheep to breeding

AUSTRALIA’S biggest sheep buyer Kuwait is turning to building its own flocks, concerned about the plans to halt the Middle East live trade despite its importance to the nation’s food security. The post Live trade threat turns biggest importer of Australian sheep to breeding appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live trade… Read more »

Qld’s rail stock transport looks close to resuming

Rail livestock shipments look set to resume soon in Queensland, following an eight-month suspension caused by design flaws in Chinese-made stock crates which caused serious safety issues. The post Qld’s rail stock transport looks close to resuming appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Qld’s rail stock transport looks close to resuming

WA minister flags live sheep trade “pause” and increased ban calls

PROPOSED changes to live sheep export stocking density rules were inadequate and would fuel demands for a Middle East trade ban, Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernan said today. The post WA minister flags live sheep trade “pause” and increased ban calls appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep… Read more »

Beef 2018: Key snapshots from MLA’s global markets forum

Meat & Livestock Australia’s team of international business managers flew into Rockhampton from all corners of the world last week to share the latest insights on consumer trends and the work MLA does in various markets to promote Australian red meat. The post Beef 2018: Key snapshots from MLA’s global markets forum appeared first on… Read more »

Middle East sheep shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties

MIDDLE East live sheep shipments will be allowed to continue this year under tougher stocking, animal welfare and penalty rules, against the advice of Australia’s peak veterinary body and the RSPCA. The post Middle East sheep shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East… Read more »

Global investors ready to use Australia as path to Asian markets

Investment capital from around the globe is ready to buy into the Australian beef industry, but businesses need to choose their investment partners with care and ensure a cultural fit which delivers for both parties. That was the message from a seminar held at Beef 2018 last week, which brought together representatives from the banking,… Read more »

Chilled mutton exports growing into Middle East live sheep markets

CHILLED Australian mutton exports to some Middle Eastern countries are growing while the nation’s governments, live exporters, farmers and animal welfare bodies argue over the future of the live sheep trade. The post Chilled mutton exports growing into Middle East live sheep markets appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Chilled mutton exports… Read more »

Middle East livex shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties

Middle East live sheep shipments will be allowed to continue this year under tougher stocking, animal welfare and penalty rules, against the advice of Australia’s peak veterinary body and the RSPCA. The post Middle East livex shipments to continue under tougher rules and penalties appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Middle East… Read more »

Live exports won't be banned in coming months

There will be no ban on live sheep exports to the Middle East over the northern summer this year, despite the RSPCA and Australian Veterinarians Association saying there is no way to protect sheep against potentially fatal heat stress. Source: ABC Livestock Live exports won’t be banned in coming months

After years of little change, Australia fights to seize new EU beef opportunity

After 40 years of relative stability, the European market landscape is undergoing tectonic shifts, and Australia’s beef industry is working to seize the opportunity to increase it’s share of the fiercely contested, high-value beef import market. The post After years of little change, Australia fights to seize new EU beef opportunity appeared first on Beef Central. … Read more »

Middle East live sheep export review report delay prompts criticism

AUSTRALIA’S Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud will release the McCarthy Review into northern summer Middle East live sheep shipments tomorrow, Sheep Central has been told. The post Middle East live sheep export review report delay prompts criticism appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Middle East live sheep export review report delay prompts… Read more »

Diverse, novel ideas presented in Beef 2018’s Pitch in the Paddock

A PROBIOTIC additive which could cut the use of antibiotics in the feedlot industry won the Pitch in the Paddock at Beef 2018 last week. ProAgni was judged the best of eight ideas, which included pitches from across Australia as well as the United States. It was an eclectic group of winners and placegetters, with… Read more »

Disagreement over ‘acceptable’ live sheep export death rate

DISAGREEMENT between farmers and RSPCA Australia over what is an acceptable live export sheep death rate is still a core issue despite the latest Middle East shipment reporting a mortality rate of 0.25 percent. The post Disagreement over ‘acceptable’ live sheep export death rate appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Disagreement over… Read more »

T-Ports transhipment vessel launches in China

A transhipment vessel which will enable the T-Ports development in South Australia’s Spencer Gulf to load export vessels starting in December 2018 has been launched in Shanghai. The post T-Ports transhipment vessel launches in China appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central T-Ports transhipment vessel launches in China

Exploring the potential of Indigenous branded beef

A collaborative project launched at Beef 2018 last week will explore the potential for bringing indigenous branded beef products and services to both Australia’s domestic and international beef markets. The post Exploring the potential of Indigenous branded beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Exploring the potential of Indigenous branded beef

Global megatrends: Bad for sugar, good for beef

Global megatrends which include intensifying health concerns around sugar hold some good news for Australian beef producers, as the world’s population and its shopping habits change, a Beef 2018 audience heard last week. The post Global megatrends: Bad for sugar, good for beef appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Global megatrends: Bad… Read more »

Livex shipping standards must be made tougher again: Wellard

Australia may be recognised as having world-leading shipping standards for livestock, but the country’s biggest live exporter says regulations must be toughened further to prevent poor outcomes. The post Livex shipping standards must be made tougher again: Wellard appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Livex shipping standards must be made tougher again:… Read more »

New Zealand to launch its first online wool trading platform

NEW Zealand’s first online wool trading platform will hold its inaugural sale on May 22, focussing initially on selling coarse and slipe wool. The post New Zealand to launch its first online wool trading platform appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New Zealand to launch its first online wool trading platform

Qatar-owned Hassad Australia to change its focus to quality lamb

HASSAD Australia is changing its focus from fat tail sheep to prime lamb production with the help of an MLA Donor Company project. The post Qatar-owned Hassad Australia to change its focus to quality lamb appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Qatar-owned Hassad Australia to change its focus to quality lamb

Beef exporters see need for stronger Chinese-Australian relationship

The China-Australia FTA may be in place, but beef industry sources say more work needs to be done to bolster existing arrangements and ensure a framework where Australia’s exports can expand to capture China’s increasing appetite for beef. In an address during MLA’s Global Markets Forum at Beef 2018 last week, the audience heard that… Read more »

Two Bills are coming to end Australia’s live sheep export trade

POLITICAL pressure against live sheep exports increased this week with a second Bill aimed at phasing out of the trade, possibly within five years. The post Two Bills are coming to end Australia’s live sheep export trade appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Two Bills are coming to end Australia’s live sheep… Read more »

Future supply fears and lower dollar lift Australian wool prices

GROWING fears about future supplies and a weakening Australian dollar helped lift wool prices to historic levels at auctions this week. The post Future supply fears and lower dollar lift Australian wool prices appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Future supply fears and lower dollar lift Australian wool prices

Heytesbury critical of industry response over live export events

One of Australia’s biggest cattle producers has taken aim at the industry’s peak bodies saying they have been missing in action over the recent live export events. Heytesbury Cattle Co’s marketing manager Hugh Barnet was critical of the response of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Livecorp to recent challenges to the industry, during a… Read more »

Global beef supply: ‘We’re entering a unique point in time’

Like four football teams hitting form at the same time of the season, the world’s four largest beef exporters nations – the US, Brazil, India and Australia – are all expanding production at the same time. The post Global beef supply: ‘We’re entering a unique point in time’ appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

Heytesbury critical of industry response over live export events

One of Australia’s biggest cattle producers has taken aim at the industry’s peak bodies saying they have been missing in action over the recent live export events. Heytesbury Cattle Co’s marketing manager Hugh Barnet was critical of the response of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Livecorp to recent challenges to the industry, during a… Read more »

SE Asia report: Chinese domestic prices ‘going ballistic’

The difficult question in Indonesia is what real demand will there be following Ramadan, while China is the market to watch in terms of potential for a massive increase in demand for live imports in the near future, writes Dr Ross Ainsworth in this month’s South East Asia market report. The post SE Asia report:… Read more »

Mars appointed global CEO of Brazil’s Minerva

South American beef processing giant Minerva SA has appointed former JBS Australia chief executive officer Iain Mars as the company’s first global chief executive officer. The post Mars appointed global CEO of Brazil’s Minerva appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Mars appointed global CEO of Brazil’s Minerva

WA producer says humane sheep exports are possible on purpose-built ships

KOJONUP wool and prime lamb producer Steve McGuire believes sheep can be humanely transported to the Middle East, but producers have been let down by the regulator and exporters. The WAFarmers Livestock Section vice president and trade supplier argues activists have underestimated the impact of a live export ban on WA farmers. The post WA… Read more »

Aussie Angus fuels Costco’s China expansion

Australian Angus beef will supply the first Costco Warehouse retail outlet in China when it opens next year. Costco’s commitment to stocking only Angus beef will see its supplier, NH Foods, switch more and more of its feeder cattle passing through its Whyalla feedlot to Angus, a Beef 2018 seminar hosted by Angus Australia heard… Read more »

Kay’s Cuts: Trump’s trade tantrums terrify

Beef Central’s monthly US market columnist Steve Kay explores the impact on US beef and pork exports from President Donald Trump’s growing trade war with China, and the implications for Australian beef The post Kay’s Cuts: Trump’s trade tantrums terrify appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: Trump’s trade tantrums terrify

Farmers push ‘fix it, don’t ban it’ live sheep export message to MPs

AUSTRALIA’S livestock exporters and farmers increased lobbying for the live sheep trade this week as politicians returned to Canberra and activists protested against continued Middle East shipments in Adelaide. The post Farmers push ‘fix it, don’t ban it’ live sheep export message to MPs appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Farmers push… Read more »

Australian live exporters embrace global assurance system

The Australian livestock export industry’s Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) could certify its first overseas facility by mid-next year, after exporters gave the program the green light for adoption at a meeting in Brisbane late last month. The post Australian live exporters embrace global assurance system appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

How the country famous for sheep stopped live exporting them

As the latest live export debate rages in Australia, it has been 15 years since New Zealand banned the export of live sheep for slaughter. Source: ABC Livestock How the country famous for sheep stopped live exporting them

Vets say end live sheep voyages to Middle East during hot months

AUSTRALIA’S leading veterinary body has advocated an end to live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer months and a 30 percent increase in onboard space for animals throughout the year. The post Vets say end live sheep voyages to Middle East during hot months appeared first on Sheep Central. Source:… Read more »

A sheep producer’s view: live export – ‘defending the indefensible’

Western District sheep producer Peter Small explains why he believes action is needed on the live export issue, perhaps including a halt to northern summer shipments to the Middle East, a phase-out of the trade and adjustment assistance for affected Western Australian farmers. The post A sheep producer’s view: live export – ‘defending the indefensible’… Read more »

New live sheep export footage sparks union call for trade halt + VIDEO

MARITIME unions are calling for a temporary halt to live sheep exports after viewing footage of dead and decomposed animals being cleared from the Awassi Express. The post New live sheep export footage sparks union call for trade halt + VIDEO appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New live sheep export footage… Read more »

Meat industry needs to be 'bolstered' as live export protests continue in SA

Serious investment and infrastructure would be needed to bolster Australia’s meatworks if a live export ban was to be introduced, the industry claims, as about 500 people protest against the trade in Adelaide. Source: ABC Livestock Meat industry needs to be ‘bolstered’ as live export protests continue in SA

Live export penalties set to increase as sheep farmers reject adjustment offer

FINES totalling millions of dollars and jail terms of up to 10 years for live export company directors responsible for animal welfare breaches are likely under legislative changes being considered by the Turnbull Coalition Government. The post Live export penalties set to increase as sheep farmers reject adjustment offer appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Cattle exporters commit to new supply chain controls in Vietnam

The Australian Livestock Exporter’s Council has today announced that exporters will introduce further new measures designed to strenghten the indsutry;s control of cattle supply chains in Vietnam.  The post Cattle exporters commit to new supply chain controls in Vietnam appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Cattle exporters commit to new supply chain… Read more »

Labor propose’s live sheep export phase out, but no compensation commitment

LABOR agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has refused to say whether the party would include compensation for affected farmers in its plan to phase-out the live sheep export trade. The post Labor propose’s live sheep export phase out, but no compensation commitment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Labor propose’s live sheep export… Read more »

Labor livex ban policy “reckless and ill-informed”: Cattle Council

The peak industry body representing Australian cattle producers has branded Federal Labor’s policy favouring a ban of all live sheep exports as a “reckless and ill-informed” decision.  The post Labor livex ban policy “reckless and ill-informed”: Cattle Council appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Labor livex ban policy “reckless and ill-informed”: Cattle… Read more »

Kilcoy unveils new beef brands as part of global business development

A new Wagyu brand program, and refreshed identities for a suite of existing brands are part of the unfolding expansion of Kilcoy Pastoral Co, Australia’s largest dedicated grainfed beef processor. The post Kilcoy unveils new beef brands as part of global business development appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Kilcoy unveils new… Read more »

Northern livex prices fall, as trade turmoil continues

Prices may be the least pressing factor dominating exporter attentions this week, after Federal Labor today hardened its stance by supporting a wholesale ban of sheep exports, while rumours swirl of more potentially damaging footage ahead. The post Northern livex prices fall, as trade turmoil continues appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Live animal exporters ‘can’t be touched’ for sheep losses under federal law

AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters are correct in their claim that ownership of livestock transfers to the importer at the loading port under current contractual arrangements, animal welfare lawyer Dr Malcolm Caulfield said today. The post Live animal exporters ‘can’t be touched’ for sheep losses under federal law appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

US lamb price news is all good up to July – MLA

AMERICAN wholesale lamb prices will remain above average through May, June and July, a report prepared for Meat & Livestock Australia has predicted. The post US lamb price news is all good up to July – MLA appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central US lamb price news is all good up to… Read more »

Live export ship leaves Adelaide for Fremantle

A ship carrying tens of thousands of sheep and cattle will stop at Fremantle before heading to the Middle East Source: ABC Livestock Live export ship leaves Adelaide for Fremantle

Live sheep exporters shuffle ships as RSPCA releases anti-trade poll results

CALLS to improve live animal exports standards or phase out the trade continued this week as Western Australian exporters adapted to shipping delays to restructure the export of about 200,000 Australian sheep to Middle Eastern markets. The post Live sheep exporters shuffle ships as RSPCA releases anti-trade poll results appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Farmers question the future of live sheep exports

The death of 2,400 Australian sheep from overcrowding, heat exhaustion and lack of food and water during live exports to the Middle East leaves some farmers questioning whether the trade should be banned entirely. Source: ABC Livestock Farmers question the future of live sheep exports

Sheep export ship clears hurdle for Middle East shipment

MIDDLE EAST-bound live sheep export ship, the MV Awassi Express, has regained certification to carry livestock after being delayed for about two weeks in the Port of Fremantle. The post Sheep export ship clears hurdle for Middle East shipment appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep export ship clears hurdle for Middle… Read more »

Scandal-plagued live export ship gains approval to carry sheep

Maritime authorities approve the Awassi Express, the vessel linked to thousands of sheep deaths in the Middle East, to again carry livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Scandal-plagued live export ship gains approval to carry sheep

NSW MP Sussan Ley to continue Private Members Bill against live sheep exports

NEW South Wales Liberal MP Sussan Ley will continue preparing a Private Members Bill aimed at phasing out long-haul live sheep exports, despite lobbying by farmer leaders in Western Australia today. The post NSW MP Sussan Ley to continue Private Members Bill against live sheep exports appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »

Elders feedlot buyer confident in future of Aus-Indo cattle trade

THE head of the joint venture company behind the purchase of the Elders’ feedlot and abattoir in Indonesia says the company sees a strong future for the Australia to Indonesia cattle trade, despite the current challenges confronting the sector. The post Elders feedlot buyer confident in future of Aus-Indo cattle trade appeared first on Beef… Read more »

WA farm leaders defend conditions on second Fremantle livex shipment

Western Australian farmer leaders have backed live exporter Livestock Shipping Services in rejecting criticism of conditions on board the live export vessel MV Maysora before it departed Fremantle last week. The post WA farm leaders defend conditions on second Fremantle livex shipment appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central WA farm leaders defend… Read more »

Woolly runners are winners in Australia’s Boston Marathon t-shirt campaign

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry has partnered with global sportswear brand adidas to launch a 75 percent Merino wool t-shirt at the 2018 Boston Marathon. The Woolmark Company joined forces with adidas in a three-year, three-way partnership with the Boston Athletic Association to target runners and influential consumers to lift awareness of Merino wool in sportswear. The… Read more »

First sheep carrier since 'atrocity' footage prepares to dock in SA

The SA Government is promising to keep watch as a live export ship loads its first shipment of sheep in the state since horrific images of suffering animals were made public, but protesters are calling for an end to the practice. Source: ABC Livestock First sheep carrier since ‘atrocity’ footage prepares to dock in… Read more »

Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane

Two recent developments have improved prospects of more efficient refrigerated container rail freight to the Port of Brisbane – easily the largest departure point for beef exports from Australia. The post Rail developments promise smoother container freight to Port of Brisbane appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Rail developments promise smoother container… Read more »

CBH train sets new record with 9000 tonnes of wheat + VIDEO

A new grain-haulage record has been set in Western Australia this week with the hauling of 9000 tonnes of wheat to CBH Group’s Kwinana Grain Terminal in a single train movement. The post CBH train sets new record with 9000 tonnes of wheat + VIDEO appeared first on Grain Central. Source: Grain Central CBH… Read more »

Littleproud and WAFarmers can Shorten live sheep plan

FEDERAL Labor leader Bill Shorten’s call to suspend Middle East live sheep shipments has been rejected by Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Western Australian farmers. The post Littleproud and WAFarmers can Shorten live sheep plan appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud and WAFarmers can Shorten live sheep plan

Ag department review to consider live sheep export inspector general

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud has included examination of an inspector general role for the live sheep export industry in a review of his Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The post Ag department review to consider live sheep export inspector general appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Ag department review to… Read more »

Littleproud releases terms for live sheep regulator review

RESPECTED former public servant Philip Moss will undertake a review into the capabilities, investigative capacity and culture of Australia’s live animal exports regulator, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The post Littleproud releases terms for live sheep regulator review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Littleproud releases terms for live sheep… Read more »

Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’

The Australian Livestock Exporters Council says exporters meeting in Brisbane yesterday committed to a range of additional initiatives to improve animal welfare transparency and accountability, as the industry struggles to maintain public support in the wake of the latest televised footage of animal mistreatment. The post Live exporters commit to reforms, RSPCA brands changes ‘weak’… Read more »

RSPCA begins battle for daily live sheep export footage

AUSTRALIA’S live animal export trade should resist putting cameras on-board vessels to record conditions, according to Pastoralists and Graziers Association president Tony Seabrook. The post RSPCA begins battle for daily live sheep export footage appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA begins battle for daily live sheep export footage

Live sheep export opponent rejects welfare improvements

EXPORTER measures to improve welfare standards for live sheep shipments into the Middle East have been dismissed as misleading by animals rights group Animals Australia. The post Live sheep export opponent rejects welfare improvements appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export opponent rejects welfare improvements

Meat union joins processors in panning Govt’s Vietnam assistance package

In a rare display of unity, the Australian Meat Industry Employees Union has joined beef processors in condemning the Federal Government’s actions in financially supporting meat industry training in Vietnam. The post Meat union joins processors in panning Govt’s Vietnam assistance package appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Meat union joins processors… Read more »

Live export industry to consider plan for independent animal welfare inspector

The live export industry is considering a major retreat on animal welfare policy, by canvassing an idea put forward by Labor for an independent inspector to oversee the treatment of livestock. Source: ABC Livestock Live export industry to consider plan for independent animal welfare inspector

Opinion: Are ‘emotion-free’ arguments best approach in live export debate?

In this opinion piece, well-known northern NSW beef industry stakeholder Tony Gleeson argues that there are two factors that cast doubt over the value of a ‘fact-based’ industry response to the current live sheep export situation. The post Opinion: Are ‘emotion-free’ arguments best approach in live export debate? appeared first on Beef Central. Source:… Read more »

'We need to know what happened on that boat': pony deaths still unexplained

Almost three months on from the death of 16 prized polo ponies in the back of a truck travelling across Bass Strait, pressure is building for the cause of death to be released. Source: ABC Livestock ‘We need to know what happened on that boat’: pony deaths still unexplained

Chinese beef imports to grow 8pc in 2018: USDA

China’s beef imports are expected to increase by eight percent in 2018, as rising demand continues to outpace domestic production growth, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s latest forecast for the market.  The post Chinese beef imports to grow 8pc in 2018: USDA appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Chinese… Read more »

Live export review terms released as trade continues

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud has announced the terms of reference for his short, sharp review into sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer. The post Live export review terms released as trade continues appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live export review terms released as trade continues

NSW MP expects live sheep trade to come to a vote

NEW South Wales Liberal MP Sussan Ley is committed to finding an end-date to live sheep exports, decided ultimately by a parliamentary vote. The post NSW MP expects live sheep trade to come to a vote appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW MP expects live sheep trade to come to a… Read more »

Littleproud launches new $146m Vietnam abattoir training program

The Australian Government is funding a new five-year, $146 million training program focusing on training workers in Vietnamese abattoirs handling imported Australian cattle. The post Littleproud launches new $146m Vietnam abattoir training program appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central Littleproud launches new 6m Vietnam abattoir training program

Australian sheep banned from ESCAS-approved Qatari abattoir

AUSTRALIAN sheep have been banned from a Qatari abattoir after alleged breaches of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) were reported. The post Australian sheep banned from ESCAS-approved Qatari abattoir appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian sheep banned from ESCAS-approved Qatari abattoir

Qatari abattoir suspended over animal welfare concerns

The Federal Agriculture Department suspends shipments of Australian sheep to an abattoir in Qatar over new allegations of animal welfare violations and breaches of supply chain rules. Source: ABC Livestock Qatari abattoir suspended over animal welfare concerns

Current season wheat stock rises, coarse grains stocks fall: USDA

World wheat stocks got another boost from the USDA world agricultural supply and demand report (WASDE) this week as analysts ‘found’ more wheat in the balance sheet, both in terms of revising upwards previous year crop-size for some countries and reducing estimates of usage for other countr The post Current season wheat stock rises, coarse… Read more »

Live sheep export vessel Awassi Express delay extended by ventilation works

LIVE sheep export ship, the MV Awassi Express, is expected to be delayed for several days from leaving Fremantle port while adjustment work is done on its ventilation systems. The post Live sheep export vessel Awassi Express delay extended by ventilation works appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep export vessel… Read more »

Turkey-bound sheep ship underway with ‘no trade ban’ stance confirmed

A LIVE export sheep ship was approved to depart Fremantle for Turkey this week under special permit conditions, as Australia’s Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud confirmed the Coalition Government will not ban the trade. The post Turkey-bound sheep ship underway with ‘no trade ban’ stance confirmed appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central … Read more »