Wellard has just announced the launch of its new super-sized cattle boat, set to take Australian cattle to China. Southern cattle presumably as its base is to be Portland. Yippee….the National cattle herd is at an all time low and now we will be ramping up further exodus from our shores….at the cost of local processing, local jobs…oh and with a few animal welfare issues. Thanks Wellard…. Wonder if our domestic meat prices will rise…..whilst our abattoir workers head off to Centrelink….just a thought.
And……whilst we busily deplete our National herd, we have caused oversupply in Vietnam…that's clever.
Then the final insult. If it wasn't bad enough exporting sheep to Pakistan so they could be slaughtered and sent off to the Middle East as chilled/frozen product (because the Middle East countries do actually have refrigeration), now we have Thailand set to do the same with cattle. WHAT IS WRONG WITH AUSTRALIA? Other countries see the benefit of slaughtering animals and exporting chilled/frozen product…..we are so stupid, that we are just sending them the raw materials…..the iron-ore issue all over again. We have a 10 billion dollar export meat industry ….are we going to erode that for the sake of a <1 billion dollar LE trade?