With restrictions on weight for live ex cattle lifted, there is now clearly acknowledged competition between the northern processing industry and the live ex trade. Even George Christensen acknowledges it (albeit he does like to see marketplace competition....?).
So what happened to the old argument....two separate trades? Live ex doesnt hurt domestic processing? Well if it ever was true, it certainly isnt now.
As the article in Beef Central states "At some point, the future of the live-export trade exposed northern meat processing industry must come under scrutiny by government and industry".
Lets hope it wont be before it is all too late and the next wave of abattoir closures occurs.