Support is growing for a ban on live export, but what will replace it?
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A sheep undergoing live export in 2017.
Footage of sheep transport conditions have shocked many, but live export has a long history in Australia.
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Australia is not mustering the exports of beef it should under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, a new report finds.
Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce and Joel Fitzgibbon walk together ahead of the regional leader’s debate in Goulburn.
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Producers may have to look for other destinations for cattle they’d been preparing for export to Indonesia, like this herd in a Northern Territory feedlot.
There needs to be less Indonesian government involvement in the live cattle trade, as with other commodities like grains.
Indonesia has long wanted to be able to meet rising national demand for beef through domestic production.
Restriction on import quotas is part of Indonesian government’s policy to reach beef self-sufficiency.
Indonesia is turning to homegrown cattle for its beef needs, and cutting its Australian live imports.
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Indonesia's shock decision to cut imports of Australian beef signals two things: Indonesia's desire to focus on domestic cattle farming, and Australia's lack of alternative options for exporting its own herd.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he is working to find ‘alternate venues’ for the cattle.
The fall in prospective Australian live cattle exports to Indonesia has come as a surprise to the government and immediately prompted the question of whether tensions in the relationship are at play.