Live cattle exports: Trade to Indonesia has ‘normalised’

29-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Weeklytimesnow | 6:00 AM Print This Post

LIVE export trade to Indonesia has “normalised” after disruptions from changes in import policy.

That’s according to the latest LiveLink report published by LiveCorp and Meat and Livestock Australia which shows feeder and slaughter cattle exports increased last month with 67,000 cattle shipped to Indonesia.

An additional 20,000 cattle are expected to be exported to Indonesia this month, meaning total exports to Indonesia for the year will reach 555,000 cattle – a 10 per cent drop on last year’s number.

Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council chief executive Simon Westaway said high cattle prices had been a “welcome outcome for our partners in the production sector”, but it has also affected profitability in the supply chain and seriously compromised the affordability of Australian beef for consumers in countries including Indonesia.

The LiveLink report said an additional 15,000 tonnes of imported frozen Indian buffalo meat, on top of the 10,000 tonnes already in circulation, had started entering Indonesia and as a result at wet markets around Jakarta, frozen Indian buffalo meat was selling at a significant discount to Australian meat.

During November 88,346 feeder and slaughter cattle were exported, a rise on the 71,597 exported in October.

In the 12 months to November, in total 985,000 Australian cattle were exported, down 23 per cent on the same period last year.

Exports to Malaysia dropped 40 per cent to 29,137 cattle, while Vietnam took 42 per cent fewer cattle at 203,967.

Westaway said animal welfare challenges in markets including Vietnam had put the accountability in the live trade’s supply chain on show to all stakeholders.

Total live sheep exports have risen to more than 2 million sheep – up 2 per cent on the same period last year.

Sheep exports to Kuwait rose 35 per cent to 713,408 in the 12 months to November, while Qatar imported 76 per cent more sheep, taking 614,000.

Export restrictions meant both Bahrain and Egypt took no sheep, while exports to the United Arab Emirates dropped 28 per cent to 195,773.

Goat exports have dropped 36 per cent to 58,317, due to the tight supply and subsequent substitution of goats for sheep to Malaysia.

Malaysia imported 49,693 goats to November this year, down 43 per cent.


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