The Qld live export industry is keen to do away with veterinary pregnancy testing. ACV president Dr Enoch Bergman elegantly explained why veterinarian pregnancy testing is essential to the live export industry. VALE couldn't agree more. There are enough areas of welfare concern and political ramifications in this industry without a few scantily-trained lay operators certifying our cattle…just so that the producers can perhaps save a few more dollars. Lets never forget that this is all about the dollars……ie maximum dollars regardless of animal welfare ramifications.
Of course the question has to be asked: "Why would producers think that cattle veterinarians would support the live ex trade when they want to remove this "bread and butter" business for country veterinarians, the same bread and butter business that enables them to survive and provide livestock services to those same producers. Bizarre.....but then....who cares about those that lose out from the live ex trade (abattoirs and their workers? vets? local businesses that lose out when both go?.).