A new study supposedly debunks myths re LE....so lets look a little closer:
1. Australian Farm Institute is not independent. For all the criticism of previous studies financed by welfare groups - they have been performed by independent "auditors". Getting a publicly pro LE group to analyse LE is analogous to getting the tobacco industry to investigate lung cancer.
2. These seem to be the same old figures re jobs and value in live export. There is an urgent need for a new assessment of the impact of live export vs processing in the current state of low animal numbers. Abattoirs around the country are closing and jobs are disappearing. As for that old 10000 job number that appeared with not a skerrick of evidence but is now regarded as fact.....
3. The claim that live export and processing are separate markets is a very old chestnut and even the industry acknowledges that live export is directly competing for animals with processors in Australia and with Australian meat in overseas markets. (see Ross Ainsworth SE Asian reports on Beef Central).
4. The inflated, unsubstantiated claims about animal welfare are just the usual propaganda.
5. The real question is why did Keogh feel the need to write this in the first place? Why does the whole farming lobby defend live export so vigorously? And when is the productivity commission going to look at this so we can all get independent analysis as to the economic benefit (or otherwise) to Australia.
Glenn Phillip Nix
13/6/2017 09:36:02 pm
Meatworks have been opening around the country as well . Darwin s one means heavy weights are no longer going into QLD & their works have been closed for longer shut downs not closed for good . Given the years of drought & record low levels of sheep & cattle the effect of LE is small in contrast to the fact that our national sheep flock went from 186 million to 60 million .33 million sheep slaughtered currently & just short of 2 million LE mostly out of Wa not having any effect in the east & any effect in wa has more to do with a sheep population going from 44 million to around 10.6 million . Meatworks are flat out automating every thing they can so those jobs that are there will not be there much longer .& for chestnut studies the one AA paid for for some "independent" mob to calculate the effect stopping LE on stock prices came up with $4 a head bullshit must of been done by hipsters on their lunch break .
14/6/2017 06:46:26 pm
Thanks for your comments Glenn. We dont agree with them of course and believe there is ample information being provided by industry themselves that live ex competes with slaughter for both export and domestic markets.
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