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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 52 allocation and a five year import plan and will continue to do so to streamline the trade and reduce short-term inflationary pressures. The significant growth in trade with Vietnam is backed by millions of dollars of investment by our Vietnamese customers in new feedlots and abattoirs and in upgrading existing facilities. Australian exporters have also trained hundreds of people involved in the day to day handling and slaughter of exported cattle. The development of an industry Six Point Plan to strengthen traceability and control in Vietnam includes the installation of CCTV cameras in feedlots and abattoirs in ESCAS supply chains at critical control points in each location. Looking forward, the signing of the feeder and slaughter cattle health protocol with China will deliver unprecedented Australian live cattle access and significantly improves the market diversification options for Australian exporters and producers. Building on the experience and challenges of ESCAS, the industry is developing a Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP). LGAP is a global assurance and conformity assessment program aimed at fostering world’s best practice in the welfare and management of animals, applicable to any international market. LGAP aims to do more for improving animal welfare in foreign markets, The standing of Australia’s livestock export industry as an increasingly significant contributor to the national economy is clearer than ever, as is the leading role exporters are playing in improving animal welfare standard internationally. Hundreds of millions of dollars in additional income for producers has been delivered through the growth in live exports over the past year and more than 8000 people around the world have embraced better handling and slaughter practices as a result of industry funded and initiated hands-on training through the MLA/LiveCorp Live Export Program. Australia still remains the only country that has implemented a supply chain based welfare assurance system for live exports and the only country investing directly in infrastructure and training in stock handling. The Australian industry also plays a lone hand in the research and development space with potential outputs such as the development of welfare indicators and the Livestock Global Assurance Program offering socialised knowledge far beyond our own scope. Challenges remain as exporters confront unacceptable but quite entrenched behaviours towards livestock. However, experience suggests that improving the way livestock are treated is best done by working and supporting people to modernise practices and change attitudes. Live cattle exports are set for another record year with 1.38 million head exported in the 2014/15 financial year. This is an increase of 22 per cent on 2013/14 financial year. Asian markets continue to be our biggest market, accounting for 90pc of all cattle exports. Indonesia is still our biggest trading partner, receiving 746,193 head, while an increase of 136 per cent of cattle shipped to Vietnam pushed our exports to that country to 309,505 head. In Indonesia, the trade has again been frustrated by the bureaucratic processes that allocate permits on a quarterly basis. ALEC has continued to work with our counterparts in Indonesia to lobby for an annualised system of permit Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council The live cattle trade is underpinning overall confidence in Australia’s livestock export industries, with sustained growth in existing and emerging markets over the past 12 months. Hundreds of millions of dollars in additional income for producers has been delivered through the growth in live exports over the past year..