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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council Overseas demand for healthy, quality Australian cattle pushed up volumes and delivered record returns in 2008. Live cattle exports increased by 20% and contributed a record-breaking A$644 million to the Australian economy. Australia exported 869,545 head of cattle in 2008, an increase of 150,000 from the 719,482 head exported in 2007. Again, success rates for cattle were high, with 99.9% arriving fit and healthy at their destination. T he majority of cattle were exported from the ports of Darwin, Fremantle, Broome and Townsville. Indonesia took 75% of Australia’s cattle exports in 2008, far ahead of the 5% and 4% of cattle imported by Israel and Libya respectively. The livestock export industry delivered many improvements to animal welfare in overseas marketplaces during 2008 – these include: port ramps During 2008 six new port ramps were constructed and installed at the main Indonesian ports of Tanjung Priok, Panjang, Chilichap and Surabaya to enable livestock to move quickly and easily from the ship to the livestock transport truck. A further two ramps are being constructed for other ports. New discharge ramps were built and delivered to Muscat Port, Jeddah Port and Kuwait Port to improve unloading of animals into Oman and Saudi Arabia. The new ramps increase the unloading speed of the animals, as livestock walk with ease from the ship to trucks. They are then transported to the feedlot and are quickly back onto feed and water, which optimises animal welfare. Cattle husbandry An Australian animal handling specialist conducted lowstress cattle handling workshops for over 185 staff in 13 feedlots in Java and Sumatra. Regular reviews and advice on feeding, ration formulation and livestock management were provided by an Australian ruminant nutritionist to feedlots in Indonesia. These workshops are assisting our trading partners to improve their management of Australian livestock and deliver good animal welfare outcomes. 22 indonesian animal Welfare improvements During 2008 the APFINDO (Indonesian Feedlotters’ Association) Animal Welfare Taskforce continued to deliver animal welfare improvements in Indonesia. The Taskforce of local Indonesian and Australian animal welfare experts work with abattoir management and staff to improve animal handling and deliver appropriate infrastructure for the humane slaughter of cattle in Indonesia. minster burke’s indonesian visit Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon. Tony Burke MP visited Jakarta during August 2008 and toured a local livestock feedlot, viewing Australia’s commitment to animal welfare in overseas markets and the importance of the trade to local Indonesian families and communities. reopening australia’s Cattle trade to egypt and libya The new livestock facility at the port of Sokhna was opened in January 2008. The brand new, high quality facility is known as a “closed system”, meaning the entire process from vessel to feedlot to processing facility will be managed in one location by livestock experts and highly trained locals. The first shipment of cattle will arrive Sokhna in 2009. 38,000 Australian cattle were exported to Libya during 2008. This was a result of industry improvements to infrastructure which enabled the recommencement of trade to the Libyan market. Libya is the third biggest export market for Australian cattle and it is expected that strong demand will continue. r&d priorities During 2008 existing research and development projects were reviewed and a list of priority projects for 2009 were identified to enable us to further improve the already high industry voyage success rates. Priorities include investigating causes and treatment of salmonellosis/inanition complex, post-arrival livestock management procedures in the Middle East and improving welfare outcomes of shipments of sheep and cattle to the Middle East. Lach MacKinnon Chief Executive Officer Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 22 5/5/09 7:59:58 PM