AUSTRALIA - The Indonesian Government has signed off on changes to the maximum average weight of feeder cattle imported from Australia.
The weight limit has been increased from 350 kilograms to 450 kilograms, in a move that will be of huge benefit to northern Australia's cattle industry.
Chief executive of Consolidated Pastoral Company, Troy Setter, said it would definitely allow pastoralists to send a wider selection of stock to Indonesia.
"It'll allow stations in Australia to put more weight on their cattle and reduce a lot of double-handling, which has been adding cost to northern Australia's cattle sector," he told ABC Rural.
Chief executive of the NT Livestock Exporters Association, Stuart Kemp, said the change on weight restrictions was good news for everyone in the supply chain.
"Having the specifications so tight before (a weight limit of 350 kilograms), meant Indonesia were after young, premium animals," he said.
"If you look through the sale results across Australia, feeder cattle in that range are always the premium product, so if you missed that cut off, you then had to find another market and there was a big drop-off.
Source: ABC Rural
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