Boost for Northern graziers

Northern Australian graziers, who suffered most under the previous governments destruction of the live cattle trade, will benefit from the agreement announced today between Australia and Egypt to restart the livestock trade, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald said that the trade would be conducted under the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System.

This means that Egypt has agreed that all livestock will be managed in a way that is in line with international animal welfare standards throughout the supply chain, Senator Macdonald said.

In these times of drought which followed the unheralded suspension of the live cattle with Indonesia, graziers across Northern Australia have been doing it tough.

The reopening of trade with Egypt, along with the Governments drought relief package should go some way to improving what has been a very tough few years for Northern Australia.

Senator Macdonald said he was pleased that the trade would resume, and even more pleased that the welfare of animals being traded was now guaranteed under the framework of the World Organisation for Animal Health standards.

This is a win/win situation for graziers and exporters and demonstrates clearly this governments commitment to negotiating international markets for our produce, Senator Macdonald said.

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