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