Well the breaking news is that sheep will no longer be exported to the Middle East during northern hemisphere summer....well for 3 months of it.
Exporters have agreed to impose a three-month moratorium on shipments in a bid to “reset” the trade and apparently wrote to WA sheep producers yesterday advising of the moratorium, which will take effect from June 1, 2019.
VALE commends this action BUT but a cynic would also comment that this was probably going to be the case anyway assuming, as seems likely that ALP will win the 2019 election. If the exporters had been really serious, about animal welfare they would have ceased the trade from May to October as has been recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association. BUT....at least it gives the farmers certainty so they can now get on with transition planning etc ....the very real positive to come out of this.