Australia and Saudi Arabia resume livestock trading after a 10-year hiatus

The 10-year hiatus on livestock trade between Australia and Saudi Arabia was broken as the Kingdom of the Middle East welcomed Australia’s exports again.

David Littleproud, Minister of Agriculture Said on April 7th Australia has been working on an arrangement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

“My department has worked closely with the Saudi Arabian counterparts to ensure that these new arrangements meet the requirements of Saudi Arabia and ensure the health and well-being of exported animals,” Little Proud said. It was.

Australian Livestock Exporters Council (ALEC) Thank you Little Proud to secure opportunities for national livestock producers.

“Ensuring access to Saudi Arabia was a major challenge for the industry,” said Mark Harvey Sutton, CEO of ALEC.

“This not only allows exporters to provide food security to the people of Saudi Arabia, but also to bring greater global market opportunities to markets where sheep and goat producers once had a large share.

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A sheep grazing on May 4, 2020, near the rural city of Tamworth, 450 km northwest of Sydney, Australia. (PeterParks / Getty Images)

According to Harvey Sutton, Saudi Arabia is the region’s main livestock market, importing about 8 million sheep, goats, cattle and camels each year.

Two factors were important for reopening the market. It is a consultation between the Department of Agriculture and the industry to immunize livestock for scaly mouth and Clostridium disease, and the development of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), which provides an animal tracking mechanism.

“Producer compliance under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and Livestock Producer Guarantee (LPA) is important to this market and provides a mechanism for Saudi Arabia to track animals and verify requirements.” Harvey Sutton said.

“Exporters and producers welcome the opportunity to provide Australian livestock to Saudi Arabia and further develop mutually beneficial partnerships,” he said.

Sheep Producers Australia (SPA) too welcome According to the news, market access to KSA will provide Saudi Arabia with additional food security while helping to create a sustainable live sheep export trade for Australians.

“Don’t underestimate the impact of this moratorium on producers. Prioritize new live sheep market opportunities for both the live sheep export industry and especially Western Australian producers. It’s important to pursue, “said SPA CEO Stephen Crisp.

The resumption of the livestock export market by the KSA follows the Chinese administration’s decision to ban Australian beef, lamb and shellfish imports in retaliation for Chinese Communist Party Foreign Minister Marize Payne’s request for an investigation into the origin of the CCP. It has been a difficult year for the Australian meat industry. Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus.

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