LIVESTOCK farmers need to reclaim the emotional space in animal welfare policy discussions and align with community and consumer expectations or risk their farming practices being determined by activists.
POLITICAL pressure against live sheep exports increased this week with a second Bill aimed at phasing out of the trade, possibly within five years.
One of Australia’s biggest cattle producers has taken aim at the industry’s peak bodies saying they have been missing in action over the recent live export events. Heytesbury Cattle Co’s marketing manager Hugh Barnet was critical of the response of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council and Livecorp to recent challenges to the industry, during a seminar at Beef 2018.
AUSTRALIA’S leading veterinary body has advocated an end to live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer months and a 30 percent increase in onboard space for animals throughout the year.
Western District sheep producer Peter Small explains why he believes action is needed on the live export issue, perhaps including a halt to northern summer shipments to the Middle East, a phase-out of the trade and adjustment assistance for affected Western Australian farmers.
FINES totalling millions of dollars and jail terms of up to 10 years for live export company directors responsible for animal welfare breaches are likely under legislative changes being considered by the Turnbull Coalition Government.
STRONG action against irresponsible live animal exporters has been forecast by Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud after Animals Australia released disturbing footage of sheep on Middle East-bound vessels.
TURKEY is emerging as a growing live export destination for Australian sheep. The Eurasian country was the single largest importer of live Australian sheep in February this year, taking just under 73,000 head.
SHEEP producers, agents and buyers focussed on the preparation of stock for live export at a recent field day in Western Australia.
RELIGIOUS festivals have boosted Australia’s live sheep exports in August to the highest level of any month this year, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported.