With the current diplomatic conflict between Australia and Indonesia over the "spying scandal", export of live cattle to Indonesia is again poised on a knife edge.
Once again, the vulnerability of the live export trade has been exposed. Whilst the threats may well just be bluff and come to nothing, farmers still face worrying uncertainty.
Live export for slaughter will always be an uncertain and volatile market. Its time to transition to the chilled meat trade and get behind the AACo abattoir in Darwin.