Indonesia is rethinking supply as Australian live export prices rise.In an editorial published by Beef Central, Dr Ross Ainsworth notes that Indonesia is concerned by the sudden rise in Australia’s live cattle prices and may consider Mexico as an alternative source of animals.
He notes the potential cost, logistics and bureaucratic hurdles (but not significant negative welfare implications!) associated with the idea and says that Indonesia is also planning to buy beef from Australia and Brazil and water buffalo from India to “plug the supply gap.”
Unbelievable, that any country would go to such lengths to get live animals when clearly it is more than feasible to plug a "supply gap" with Australian beef. As VALE has always said - if they really needed protein, they would buy it as meat not animals. And if Australia was savvy, they would be looking to send various competitive beef cuts to Indonesia rather than losing their place in the Indonesian market - an all round win win!
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