Last year VALE asked how Australia was going to fill its orders for the rapidly expanding trade....and now we have our answer. And it certainly isnt one that is good for animal welfare. With northern suppliers unable to meet demand, we are now trucking Bos taurus cattle from below the 26th parallel from Victoria and South Australia to Darwin, approximately 3000 plus km away in the heat of a southern mid-summer and the heat and humidity of a northern wet season.
So, yes it makes economic sense Mr Howie but its completely unethical. And how exactly are you doing it? Cattle can only be held off water for a maximum of 48h. These trips alone take at least 48h.
Oh and yes thats right, the live export market is a niche market that doesnt compete with the domestic market....at least, thats what we've always been told!