The Australian Government says it is moving to assure international trading partners that Australia remains free from lumpy skin disease (LSD), after Indonesia suspended imports from four Australian facilities.
A small number of Australian cattle exported to Indonesia have been diagnosed with LSD, Australia’s chief veterinary officer indicated the positive results came after the cattle had arrived and spent some time in Indonesia, where LSD is endemic, but conceded that it could also have been contracted on the ships.
VALE raised the biosecurity risk of live export ships from Indonesia in July 2022. Initially this was rejected, but later it was conceded by the West Australian Department of Agriculture (AVA Albany Conference Sept 2022) that returning ships were a biosecurity risk for foot and mouth disease. It seems that ships could carry LSD vectors also.
The bottom line is that the risk to Australia’s non-exporting livestock producers and Australia’s much more profitable export beef trade matters less than the northern live export trade. The show must go on.
See also: https://nff.org.au/media-release/joint-statement-from-the-red-meat-advisory-council-and-the-national-farmers-federation-regarding-live-cattle-exports-to-indonesia/