Category: International Trading

Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has launched a new investigation into Australian livestock export supply chains in Indonesia  in response to new footage from Animals Australia. Source: Beef Central Investigation launched into Aceh cattle slaughter footage

Live export probe triggered by new 'distressing' inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

New “distressing” images have not been made public, but allegedly show Australian cattle restrained with ropes and having their throats cut without prior stunning in export-approved Indonesian abattoirs. Source: ABC Livestock Live export probe triggered by new ‘distressing’ inhumane slaughter footage from Indonesia

SE Asia Report: Trade volumes remain high in spite of COVID

Live cattle export volumes continue at high levels in spite of Covid 19, however the strengthening Aussie dollar and rising feeder prices are adding pressure to the trading environment, Dr Ross Ainsworth writes from aboard the Gelbray Express. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report: Trade volumes remain high in spite of COVID

July beef exports continue to sag, in line with slide in slaughter rates

Australia’s July beef exports continued to slump, in line with the gradual decline being seen in rates of slaughter as the year progresses. While most major customer markets were impacted, China showed the largest, quite dramatic falls in volume last month, for a variety of reasons. Source: Beef Central July beef exports continue to… Read more »

Australia to hold line on free trade despite COVID-19 upheaval

Australia will continue to promote and pursue free trade on the global stage despite the threat of the COVID pandemic pushing countries towards greater protectionism. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold line on free trade despite COVID-19 upheaval

Australian beef integrity systems get tick of approval from Tokyo Olympics

Organisers behind next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games have offered a strong endorsement for the Australian beef industry’s integrity systems, including Livestock Production Assurance, the National Livestock Identification System and the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme. Source: Beef Central Australian beef integrity systems get tick of approval from Tokyo Olympics

Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

THE Federal Government on Wednesday night announced it will not appeal the Federal Court decision declaring the live cattle export ban illegal. Source: Beef Central Federal Government decision on live cattle export appeal

Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade struggles

Increasingly tough trading conditions and renewed COVID uncertainty in international markets has prompted major processors to drop rates by up to 20c/kg on direct consignment slaughter cattle in recent days, and it looks like there is more to come. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: First cracks appear in grid prices, as export meat trade… Read more »

SAILS loads first shipment of Australian cattle for China

Southern Australian International Livestock Services (SAILS), the company which recently took ownership of the former Landmark International livestock export business, has loaded its first shipment of Australian cattle to China. Source: Beef Central SAILS loads first shipment of Australian cattle for China

Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

LIVE sheep exports remain a key pathway for Middle East markets as chilled carcase exports are impacted by COVID-19 travel bans, Meat and Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Middle East chilled carcase imports hit by COVID-19 air travel bans

McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

Three Liberal Party heavyweights and foundation members of the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund have publicly urged the Morrison Government to accept the Federal Court’s decision last month declaring the Gillard government’s ban on live exports illegal. Source: Beef Central McLachlan, Robb and McGauchie call on Morrison not to appeal livex ruling

China’s COVID testing on imported food creates long delays, cost burdens

Long delays are being reported in chilled and frozen food exports arriving in China, as Chinese authorities continue to rigorously test imported foodstuffs for COVID-19. Source: Beef Central China’s COVID testing on imported food creates long delays, cost burdens

JBS suspends Brooklyn plant’s exports to China

JBS Australia has voluntarily suspended exports to China from the company’s Brooklyn (Victoria) beef and lamb plant. Source: Beef Central JBS suspends Brooklyn plant’s exports to China

Dept of Agriculture issues reprimand to livestock exporter

A livestock exporter has received a reprimand from the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment for failing to ensure cattle assembled for a shipment to China last year were sourced in accordance with the importing country’s requirements. Source: Beef Central Dept of Agriculture issues reprimand to livestock exporter

Townsville was Australia’s largest cattle export port in 2019-20

A spike in drought-driven export turnoff in the second half of last year and resurgent demand from Vietnam saw Townsville become Australia’s largest cattle export port in the 2019-20 financial year, overtaking Darwin for the first time in a formal 12 month period. Source: Beef Central Townsville was Australia’s largest cattle export port in… Read more »

Livestock breeders told to check options as bluetongue zone grows

LIVESTOCK breeders have been advised to consult licensed exporters to confirm eligibility for target markets or advice on alternatives, after Australia’s bluetongue virus transmission zone was extended. Source: Sheep Central Livestock breeders told to check options as bluetongue zone grows

Mounting beef export concerns over US COVID relapse

The second wave COVID-19 crisis unfolding in the United States is creating renewed concerns among manufacturing beef exporters in Australia. Source: Beef Central Mounting beef export concerns over US COVID relapse

Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

A RECENT Middle East live sheep shipment indicated there was a case for shortening the current Northern Summer moratorium, according to the exporter Rural Export and Trading WA. The exporter… Source: Sheep Central Middle East live sheep moratorium could be shortened, says exporter

Hainan Island cattle shipment opens new China trade pathway

Despite challenging times in Australia’s trade relationship with China there are positive developments still occurring, evidenced last week by a shipment of cattle from Western Australia to Hainan Island which marked the opening of a new trade pathway that has been some six years in the making. Source: Beef Central Hainan Island cattle shipment… Read more »

Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

Tariffs on Australian beef exports to China will rise to 12 percent for the remainder of 2020, as surging beef exports again trigger the country’s Safeguard market protection provisions. Source: Beef Central Australian beef faces tariff hike in China market, as Safeguard triggers

China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Tariffs on Australian beef into China will jump from less than 5 per cent to 12 per cent for six months, with increases also expected on whole milk powder as preferential tariffs are withdrawn. Source: ABC Livestock China increases tariffs on Australian beef, milk powder

Federal Court awards $2.94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

The Brett Cattle Company, the lead applicant in the successful class action against the Federal Government’s June 2011 decision to temporarily suspend cattle exports to Indonesia, will receive almost $3 million in damages, the Federal Court judge ruled on Monday. Source: Beef Central Federal Court awards .94m damages to Brett Cattle Company

Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

For the first time in more than ten years, the Port of Townsville is being used to export Australian beef to key Asian markets. Source: Beef Central Regional beef exports recommence out of Townsville

Foreign ownership of agricultural land: Growing, shrinking or about the same?

THE area of Australian agricultural land held by foreign interests declined modestly during the 12 months ended June 30 last year. While there was a small increase in the area… Source: Sheep Central Foreign ownership of agricultural land: Growing, shrinking or about the same?

China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Exporters of beef, lamb seafood and a range of other perishable food items destined for the China market are being asked to supply declarations supporting the COVID-19 safety of their shipments. Source: Beef Central China requests assurances over COVID safety in imported meat

Foreign ownership of agricultural land: Growing, shrinking or about the same?

While there was a small increase in the area of cropping land held wholly or partially by foreign interests last year, livestock land area held by offshore interests declined, when compared with the previous financial year period. Source: Beef Central Foreign ownership of agricultural land: Growing, shrinking or about the same?

WoolProducers seeks no tariff barriers for wool in new UK deal

AUSTRALIA’S peak wool grower body is hoping the favourable tariff and quota conditions for wool can continue as formal negotiations on the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement commence. Source: Sheep Central WoolProducers seeks no tariff barriers for wool in new UK deal

How the Gillard government’s live cattle ban created a headache for Scott Morrison

The Federal Court’s finding that the Gillard’s government’s controversial 2011 live export ban was unlawful is not a problem for the former government who imposed the ban, it is one the current Morrison government has to grapple with. Source: Beef Central How the Gillard government’s live cattle ban created a headache for Scott Morrison

Live export prices climb as ships power on through June

The Australian cattle export trade to Indonesia and Vietnam has been running at full speed through June with an estimated 20 vessels now servicing runs to South East Asia. Source: Beef Central Live export prices climb as ships power on through June

Live sheep ship dodges storm to depart Western Australia

MIDDLE East-bound live sheep vessel the MV Al Kuwait has departed Fremantle with 33,341 sheep after its departure was delayed a further two days by a storm off the Western Australian coast. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep ship dodges storm to depart Western Australia

Be ambitious in UK sheep meat access negotiations – SPA

AUSTRALIA should be ambitious in seeking to increase its United Kingdom and European Union sheep meat market access but not imply that export volumes would immediately increase, Sheep Producers Australia chief executive officer Stephen Crisp said this week.   Source: Sheep Central Be ambitious in UK sheep meat access negotiations – SPA

An open letter from Tom Stockwell to the PM

The Federal Government should be hailing the recent Federal Court decision which declared the 2011 live export suspension unlawful, as a guiding principle for good governance for its Ministers in future, instead of protecting bad decisions and under performers, writes cattle producer and former Northern Territory Cattlemens’ Association president Tom Stockwell in an open letter… Read more »

Sheep ship is loaded after Animals Australia court action fails

SHEEP were loaded onto the live export vessel MV Al Kuwait in Fremantle today after an attempt to halt the shipment by Animals Australia failed in the Federal Court. Source: Sheep Central Sheep ship is loaded after Animals Australia court action fails

Sheep cleared for export to Middle East after last-ditch legal bid fails

Tens of thousands of sheep are cleared for export from Fremantle to the Middle East as Animals Australia fails to overturn an exemption from a ban covering the northern hemisphere summer. Source: ABC Livestock Sheep cleared for export to Middle East after last-ditch legal bid fails

Cattle prices to rise as production, exports fall: ABARES

Saleyard prices for cattle are expected to increase by four percent over the next 12 months as low supply constrains production and export volumes, according to ABARES’ June quarter outlook report released today. Source: Beef Central Cattle prices to rise as production, exports fall: ABARES

Exemption grants WA sheep ship last-minute reprieve to sail

Live export of sheep from Western Australia will go ahead this month after the trade regulator awarded an exemption for a shipment during a Middle East moratorium. Source: Beef Central Exemption grants WA sheep ship last-minute reprieve to sail

Exemption allows WA live sheep shipment to go ahead

LIVE EXPORT of sheep from Western Australia will go ahead this month after the trade regulator awarded an exemption for a shipment during a Middle East moratorium. Source: Sheep Central Exemption allows WA live sheep shipment to go ahead

Banned exporters' beef with China continues as compliance issues addressed

Four abattoirs suspended from exporting to China have taken a step towards resuming business, but one grazier says these kinds of problems don’t happen with other trading partners. Source: ABC Livestock Banned exporters’ beef with China continues as compliance issues addressed

Four SA dairy farms sold to Canadian dairy giant for $40.4 million

The four farms include Kurleah at Allendale East, purchased by Beston for $7.23 million; Weneeda at Kalangadoo bought for $4.26 million and the congregation of Pedra Branca at Mount Gambier, sold to Beston in 2015 for $19.2 million. Source: ABC Livestock Four SA dairy farms sold to Canadian dairy giant for .4 million

Nine years on: Luke Bowen reflects on tumultuous days of ban

Luke Bowen was a young leader only a few years into the role of Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association CEO when the northern cattle industry was thrust into the glare of the international media spotlight after ABC Four Corners broadcast footage of Australian cattle suffering cruel treatment in Indonesian abattoirs. It was a ‘sink or swim… Read more »

Livestock exporters meet with Minister to address “regulatory overkill”

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council says it will be conducting a series of roundtable meetings with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud in coming weeks with the aim of finding ways to ‘lift bureaucratic red tape and regulatory overkill’ on the livestock export trade. Source: Beef Central Livestock exporters meet with Minister to address… Read more »

Livestock exporters target ‘red tape and regulatory overkill’

AUSTRALIAN live sheep and cattle exporters will conduct a series of roundtable meetings with the Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud in coming weeks to find ways to lift ‘bureaucratic red tape and regulatory overkill’ imposed on trade. Source: Sheep Central Livestock exporters target ‘red tape and regulatory overkill’

Animal health and welfare focus in live export RD&E blueprint

LIVE export animal health and welfare are the focus of most goals in the newly-released research, development and extension blueprint for the sector. The RD&E priorities for Australia’s livestock export… Source: Sheep Central Animal health and welfare focus in live export RD&E blueprint

China dominated Australian wool exports in April

MORE than 90 percent of Australian wool exported in April went to China as the COVID-19 pandemic hit other countries, the latest export statistics show. Source: Sheep Central China dominated Australian wool exports in April

New Blueprint to guide livestock export R&D

The research, development and extension (RD&E) priorities for Australia’s livestock export sector are outlined in a newly released RD&E Blueprint for the Livestock Export Program (LEP). Source: Beef Central New Blueprint to guide livestock export R&D

May beef exports show the strain of lower cattle supply cycle

Beef exports to most destinations during May showed clear signs of the reduction in beef kills seen across eastern Australia in the second quarter this year, due to the lingering effects of drought on cattle supply. Source: Beef Central May beef exports show the strain of lower cattle supply cycle

Live Export: Court victory for northern cattle industry

The Federal Court judgment that the Commonwealth Government’s 2011 live-export ban to Indonesia was unlawful, has been a major victory for the northern cattle industry. Lucy Barbour speaks to Lead Plaintiff in the case, Emily Brett. Source: ABC Beef Cattle Live Export: Court victory for northern cattle industry

SE Asia Report:

Also in this edition of Dr Ross Ainsworth latest South East Asia report: A modest rise in Indonesian demand for fresh beef during Ramadan and Lebaran; African Swine Fever (ASF) still creating havoc with protein supplies in the background; Darwin feeder cattle prices back on the rise. Source: Beef Central SE Asia Report:

New products: Data loggers aid in chilled export beef performance

With a growing proportion of Australian red meat leaving these shores in retail-ready chilled form, next generation data-loggers are providing greater insight into cold-chain performance once the product leaves the processing plant. Source: Beef Central New products: Data loggers aid in chilled export beef performance

Processor suspensions: We were wrong

Beef Central published an article yesterday afternoon suggesting a number of Australian beef processors had been suspended from the China market.  The information was incorrect. Source: Beef Central Processor suspensions: We were wrong

Five more Australian beef plants suspended by China

Another five large Australian beef processing plants have been suspended by China, in the latest trade retaliation against Australia’s support for an independent international investigation into the source of COVID-19 in China. Source: Beef Central Five more Australian beef plants suspended by China

Highly charged days that brought an industry to its knees

For those with the inclination and the time to read it, Justice Rare’s 496 paragraph judgement (which can be read in full here) provides an absorbing and objectively detached account of how the controversial saga unfolded, including details on highly-charged behind-the-scenes meetings, Government communications and the standpoints of various key identities on all sides of… Read more »

Unbalanced report led to irreparable damage: Dick Slaney

Nine years on Dick Slaney who ran Elders feedlot and abattoir in Indonesia said there are many emotions “still close to the surface” when he thinks about the ban. Source: Beef Central Unbalanced report led to irreparable damage: Dick Slaney

Nine, long years …

‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ is a well-known legal maxim.  To state the bleeding obvious, nine years is a long time to wait for justice – let’s hope common sense prevails and the Government does not appeal and draws a line under the epic 2011 live export debacle, writes Trent Thorne Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Drop in lentil tariffs ends three-year shutout of Indian market

Steep tariffs introduced in 2017 effectively cut Australian exports of lentils and chickpeas to India, but a rate change has opened the door again. Source: ABC Grain Drop in lentil tariffs ends three-year shutout of Indian market

COVID-19 triggers shift in agribusiness foreign exchange behaviours

The Australian dollar traded at a 17-year low in March, triggering a shift in behaviour for many agribusinesses looking to take advantage of favourable exchange rates to market their products. Source: Grain Central COVID-19 triggers shift in agribusiness foreign exchange behaviours

Live export ruling: what happens next?

After waiting nine years for yesterday’s Federal Court ruling that the Gillard Labor Government’s 2011 live export ban was unlawful, it could take another year or so yet for the businesses affected by the knee-jerk trade shutdown to secure financial compensation. Source: Beef Central Live export ruling: what happens next?

Class action a staggering result from a legal point of view

Today’s Federal Court outcome is “a staggering result” from a legal perspective, says McCullough Robertson Special Counsel Trent Thorne. Source: Beef Central Class action a staggering result from a legal point of view

US demand helping underpin otherwise flat export scene

Higher demand and prices for imported beef in the US is one of the few highlights in otherwise flat global beef trade, as the Australian export beef industry heads into June. Source: Beef Central US demand helping underpin otherwise flat export scene

Reactions to Federal Court livex decision

Reactions to this morning’s Federal Court ruling from industry and animal rights groups. Source: Beef Central Reactions to Federal Court livex decision

Live export class action: Read the Federal Court judge’s full summary here

The following summary has been prepared to accompany the orders made today by the Federal Court in the live export class action – Brett Cattle Co Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture Source: Beef Central Live export class action: Read the Federal Court judge’s full summary here

Federal Court rules 2011 livex ban invalid, condemns Ludwig decision

The June 2011 Labor Governmen’s ban on live exports to Indonesia has been ruled invalid in a decision handed down by Justice Stephen Rares this morning. Source: Beef Central Federal Court rules 2011 livex ban invalid, condemns Ludwig decision

Stringent protocols key to limiting livex ship COVID-19 outbreaks

Scrutiny of procotols governing COVID-19 outbreaks on livestock export vessels continues as a cluster of positive test results from a cattle and sheep carrier docked in Fremantle grows to nine. Source: Beef Central Stringent protocols key to limiting livex ship COVID-19 outbreaks

WA farmers and RSPCA face off over live sheep export exemption

WESTERN Australian farmers and the RSPCA today faced off over a proposed export exemption for a shipment of sheep delayed by a COVID-19 outbreak on a vessel docked in Fremantle.… Source: Sheep Central WA farmers and RSPCA face off over live sheep export exemption

Judgement Day: Federal Court set to rule on 2011 live cattle export ban

The Federal Court judgement in the class action led by the Brett Cattle Company against the Commonwealth and Senator Joe Ludwig stemming from the 2011 live export ban will be handed down by Justice Rares on Tuesday June 2, 2020. Source: Beef Central Judgement Day: Federal Court set to rule on 2011 live cattle… Read more »

Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

The WA Government is forced to back down after lashing the Commonwealth’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak on a live export ship, with the Federal Agriculture Minister hitting back. Source: ABC Livestock Emails reveal warning of illness on live export ship with coronavirus outbreak

Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

Vessel delayed by COVID-19 outbreak could trigger an exemption to new live export animal welfare laws and send 56,000 live sheep to the Middle East in peak summer heat. Source: ABC Livestock Outbreak ship may carry live sheep into summer heat, despite welfare laws

China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

Australia should use a diplomatic approach to defusing the bilateral tensions arising from China’s imposition of a tariff on Australian barley. Source: Grain Central China’s barley tariff explained: diplomacy the way forward

China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Once the major driving force behind Australian prosperity, China is now using trade as a retaliatory weapon. But Beijing needs us as much as we need them, at least for the next few years, writes Ian Verrender. Source: ABC Livestock China and Australia — who really holds the power?

Uncertain times for beef exports but domestic demand surges

The beef industry is experiencing international export bans, increased freight costs and graziers are seeing a significant drop in demand from the overseas market, but there is a silver lining to the crisis. Source: ABC Livestock Uncertain times for beef exports but domestic demand surges

Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government risked escalating its agricultural trade issues with China into wool and sheep meat if they were not handled diplomatically, a wool exporter said today. Source: Sheep Central Sheep meat and wool risk concern with China trade issues

Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Some deduce China’s recent trade impositions on Australia stem from Australia’s advocacy for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is a longer history of simmering tensions between the two nations. Source: Grain Central Australian barley growers are the victims of weaponised trade rules

Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Grain markets ploughed through the damage of tariffs while drivers, as complex as the poultry sector shrunken by COVID-19 and inconsistent moisture across Australia’s grainbelt, saw domestic new crop markets edge higher. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Barley firms after China announcement

Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia will continue to apply the principles of a rules-based global trading system in response to recent moves by China to impose a tariff on Australian barley imports and suspend four Australian meat processing plants. Source: Beef Central Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham

Australia will continue to apply the principles of a rules-based global trading system in response to recent moves by China to impose a tariff on Australian barley imports and suspend four Australian meat processing plants. Source: Grain Central Australia to hold the line on rules-based trade in China dispute: Birmingham