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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 20 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 The MLa - LiveCorp Livestock export program (Lep) has continued to deliver value to members with investment in projects to improve market access, trade development and animal welfare in australia, and destination markets in South east asia and the Middle east. The Lep continues to combine the knowledge and expertise of both MLa and LiveCorp to deliver: • Improved market access • Increased demand for Australian livestock in export markets • Improved technical support • Communication activities • Increased support for the industry from key stakeholder groups • Animal welfare improvements • Increased understanding of the trade The australian livestock export industry has continued to focus on animal welfare and research & development as industry priorities. animal welfare has been embraced by the Indonesian Feedlotters’ association, apFINDO, resulting in the formation of an animal Welfare taskforce that is operated by Indonesians, with guidance from the Lep. The following projects have also been undertaken in Indonesia: • Identifying facilities where Australian cattle are being processed, with 70 abattoirs already identified and prioritised • 50 boxes installed within the past two years, with 80 boxes to be completed by the end of June 2008 • Employment of three full time locals plus one expat australian Middle eastern initiatives and improvements include: • Animal handling training • Driver training • Transport appraisal • Animal welfare improvements in feedlots and abattoirs • Nutrition management • Infrastructure development a range of markets for live breeding cattle exports are continuing to open, with LiveCorp receiving market enquiries for beef and dairy breeding cattle. Russia is a developing market for breeding cattle, with exports numbering 8,477 head in 2007. We are also continuing to receive new market enquiries for beef breeding cattle as countries seek to rebuild their beef breeding enterprises. The australian livestock export industry makes a considerable contribution to the australian economy and to regional and remote communities. In 2006, the independent Hassall Report The Live export Industry: value, Outlook & contribution to the economy found australia’s livestock export industry contributed $1.8 billion dollars to GDP annually and created around 13,000 jobs across the country. a further report in 2007, assessing the value of the Livestock export Industry to Regional australia (2007) found the trade contributes $157 million to the Northern Territory economy per year, and employs 1,821 locals. In Western Australia, the live cattle trade contributes $198 million, with $87 million generated in the northern region of the state and $111 million generated in the southern region. The combined sheep and cattle trade in Wa employs 6,835 West australians, with 1,045 employed in the north and 5,790 employed in the south. The industry contributes $96 million to the Queensland economy per year, and employs around 1,200 Queenslanders. employment figures include farming families, indigenous landowners, exporters, stockmen, road transport providers, dockside workers and others that provide services such as veterinarians and fodder suppliers. The live cattle trade from australia is as strong as it has ever been, and continues to grow. The continued support of rural and regional australia will help to ensure the sustainability of this vital trade. Live export Research and Development The live cattle trade has continued to flourish in 2007 with 23 countries taking a total of 722,542 cattle from australia, an increase of 14% on 2006 export figures. 88% of cattle exported from australia went to South east asia, with Indonesia maintaining its dominance in the market by importing 520,000 head. Lach McKinnon, Executive Director, Australian Live Exporters Council