Indonesia, a diminishing market
The Indonesian Government has moved to limit total beef imports from all sources in 2012. Indonesia is likely to reduce its live animal import quota this year by nearly half (500 000 to 283000), and so other markets will have to be found for the lighter steers and heifers from northern Australia. The report which comes from ABARES states that it is unlikely that alternative export markets will be found. You can download the PDF.
Regardless of animal welfare issues, we need to be thinking about transition to an alternative to live export NOW.
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