Relating to the terms of reference part
Bos Indicus cattle are most suitable for equatorial destinations due to heat and tick resistance. This is the primary reason they are bred in northern Australia and because they also suit the market conditions of these countries. Bos Taurus cattle or their crosses are preferred in most Middle Eastern and European destinations.
Market demand for feeder cattle below 3 50kg shows a preference for younger, lighter weight cattle in importing countries which makes transporting more economical and easier thus improving animal welfare. This allows buyers the opportunity to feed cattle to heavier weights using local resources. Both sexes can be represented.
Slaughter cattle are generally above 350kg to a maximum of 650kg. Both sexes can be represented.
The Beef Stocktake Report produced for the current Western Australian government by Warwick Yates and Associates in 2009 details specifications of livestock suitable for the trade in Western Australia and the benefits of live export to it.
Australia has the world’s best practise electronic livestock identification system (NLIS) that has been operable since 2005. The mandatory use of NLIS provides a secure and rapid method of tracking any animal born in Australia, traded domestically or exported from this country. This technology is a reliable method of tracking animals in importing countries up to the point of slaughter.
OIE member countries would be able to administer the protocols for correct reporting and adequate training of staff.
ASEL has the required risk management strategies necessary up to the point of disembarkation where Australia’s jurisdiction ceases. It has recommendations for post disembarkation in sovereign nations. Please refer to page 10 of ASEL v2.3 of April 2011.
The Australian Live Export Corporation (Livecorp) has a strategic plan drafted in August 2010. Strategy 3.2.1 particularly relates to animal welfare.
The Centre for International Economies reported to Livecorp and MLA in June 2011 updating the report by Hassall and Associates of 2006 on the contribution of the live export industry to Australia. As a producer of cattle for the live export industry I find this report is extremely accurate and I agree with its contents.
Extracts from Hansard of the West Australian State Parliament supporting the live export industry are attached as PDFs.
Our business has been supplying cattle to live export markets for over 30 years. We have witnessed an ever increasing improvement in standards of welfare, facilities, land transport, shipping, regulation and accountability. These continue to improve as education and new technology is introduced to the industry. Australia has the highest standards of any nation exporting livestock in the world.
We have seen the events of the past six weeks created by a minority of people who have not upheld these high standards of animal welfare, facilities and accountability. This review and the subsequent recommendations from it will reinforce our high standards and help to ensurwthat others conform to these standards in order t6 protect the future of the live export industry.
Thank you for the opportunity to review the terms of reference.
I, ......................................................................(Print Name), the owner (or owner’s representative) of the cattle listed below and presented for export to Turkey, declare that:
If you have deleted Number 1 above please supply the origin of the cattle as a declaration is needed from each previous owner during the past six (6) months prior to export for Property clearance for export.
If you believe that there may be a problem please consult your stock agent for advice. Failure to advise may incur extra costs in returning the cattle to you as they will he rejected from the consignment
Signature ____________________________ Date ______________________
Please Note: You are advised that this document is to be presented to a Commonwealth Officer for the purposes of the Export Control Act 1982. False or misleading statements in this document may render you liable for prosecution under Commonwealth Law - the Export Control Act 1982, the Crimes Act 1914 or other appropriate legislation.