WESTERN Australian exporter Wellard Ltd has re-established live sheep exports to the Gulf Region of the Middle East after a hiatus of almost two years.
AN $8.3 million Federal Government investment in the proposed Livestock Global Assurance Program was “a step along” the journey to resumption of the Saudi Arabia sheep trade, Western Australian Senator Chris Back said today.
THE live export industry’s reform agenda will feature at the LIVEXchange 2017 conference in Western Australia this year.
AUSTRALIAN livestock exporters should work with red meat processors on common and complementary interests, according to an Australian Farm Institute research report on the live export industry.
Anyone who walked by the LiveCorp trade booth at the NTCA conference last Friday would have noticed conference delegates sitting on stools and staring into enclosed headsets, and moving a little like astronauts as they were transported into an immersive visual environment.
PROMOTION of a protocol for the export of Australian slaughter sheep and goats is listed among trade restrictions set to be unlocked by a joint statement signed by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce and China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister Wang Yi, today.
LIVE export vessel Al Shuwaikh was forced to delay its departure from Port Adelaide for three days after completing engine repairs last Sunday.
Saudi Arabia in the past has been Australia’s single largest market for live sheep exports, but the country has not taken any sheep since August 2012 because of the introduction of the ESCAS Animal Welfare System. Exporters have been lobbying the Federal Government for changes that would lift prospects for trade to recommence.
AUSTRALIA could be permanently cut off from potentially its biggest market for live sheep – Saudi Arabia — if it did not resolve access issues between the two countries, according to a Western Australian exporter.
TASMANIAN Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has proposed legislation for all livestock exported from Australia, including sheep, to be identified and tracked with an electronic ear tag, to tighten trade regulation.