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Live sheep industry in Australia will halt exports to Middle East in summer

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Australia will not export live sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer next year.

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Livestock exporters have today told farmers they will stop the trade of live sheep for three months from June 1, 2019.

Amid growing calls to impose a ban, the Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) chairman Simon Crean said the industry-imposed moratorium would provide certainty for farmers.

“This is about maintaining and growing a strong, viable, nine-month-a-year live sheep trade, and more broadly securing the future of Australia’s livestock export industry,” Mr Crean said.

The northern summer trade of live sheep is estimated to be worth $55 million per year.

A third of sheep produced in Western Australia are bred for live export.

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