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TheBeefSite Newsletter - 26 October 2011

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Editorial: Live Export Trade - Can Reforms Improve Welfare?

In Australia, the government has expressed its continued support for Australia's live export trade.

Following the Independent Review of Australia’s Livestock Export Trade, reforms of the live trade will role out over coming months.

Under reforms exporters will need to ensure the following:

  • Trace and account for animals through the supply chain;
  • Handle and process animals at or better than internationally accepted standards for animals welfare (as established by OIE);
  • Control the movement of animals within their supply chain;
  • Conduct independent verification and performance audits of their supply chains against these new requirements.

The reforms have been welcomed by the export industry, as many farmers and families including livestock producers, truck drivers and small businesses rely on the trade.

The reform will ensure that if animal welfare issues do arise in overseas markets in the future, the Australian Government will have the ability to address these issues without closing entire markets.

Animal welfare groups have expressed disappointment that un-stunned slaughter will be allowed to continue. Mandatory stunning was not mentioned in the review or its recommendations.

“This review was an opportunity to properly protect animals at the point of slaughter but instead there is no recommendation on stunning and the government has made no commitment to require it,” RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil said.

It is hoped that the new framework will be phased in and will be implemented in stages with 75 per cent of trade covered by February and for all trade by the end of 2012.

Regardless of how much the Australian industry and public want this, will the welfare of animals slaughtered abroad improve at all? Can the Australian government change the attitudes of foreign abattoir workers?

Charlotte Johnston

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   United States

 » Commercial Red Meat Production Up One Per Cent
 » CME: Demand Up For Beef, Pork & Poultry
 » CME: Predicted September Placements Down On 2010
 » Checkoff Dollars Should Be More Fairly Distributed
 » Beef Herd Continues To Shrink Amid Drought
 » CME: Retail Meat Prices Continue To Climb
 » Cattle Outlook: High Beef Prices & Cattle On Feed Up
 » President Signs Free Trade Agreements
 » CME: Cattle Placements Up On Estimates
 » Cattle Can Eat Corn Too
 » USMEF Service Award To Cargill’s Troutman
 » CME: Cow/Heifer Slaughter Accelerated In September
 » US Cattle On Feed Up Five Percent

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 » Award For QMS's Meat Cooking App
 » LMC Report: Third Country Market Potential- China
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - October 2011
 » NFU Launches British Beef Campaign
 » Calf Registrations Confirm Stabilising Supply
 » Business Pointers To Help Producers Monitor Costs
 » Lab For Virus Research Opened At Pirbright
 » Future's Bright In Farming, Says BBC's Adam Henson
 » WSPA Places Welfare At Heart Of Vet Training
 » NBA bTB Committee Urges Agreement Over Control
 » Latest bTB Statistics Show Increase
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 » Cattle Feed Becoming Scarce As Blazes Continue
 » Beef & Veal Export Values Higher In August
 » Weekly Cattle Summary
 » New Framework - Sustainable Future of Live Exports
 » Gillard Government Reforms Live Export Trade
 » Disappointment As Un-Stunned Slaughter Continues
 » Cattle Market Alert: Quality Picking Up

   Canada

 » BIXS Launches To Cow-Calf Producers Nationwide
 » Consistent Application With New Manure Spreader
 » Call For South Korea FTA Talks To Resume
 » Canadian Institutions Invest In Genomics Research

   France

 » French Cattle Numbers Down

   General

 » Brazil Takes More Australian Beef

   Paraguay

 » Paraguay Works To Recover Markets

   New Zealand

 » Labour Politics Could Disadvantage Farmers
 » Farmers Invited To Discuss DairyNZ Research
 » Trade Study With Taiwan Welcomed

   Kenya

 » Farmers Receive Payouts For Livestock Losses

   Brazil

 » JBS Denies Breaking Sustainable Agreement
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   European Union

 » EU Steps Up Dioxin Contamination Prevention
 » CAP Reform Proposals Discussed At Ag Council

   Ireland

 » No Budget Cuts On Animal Health
 » Finished Cattle Disposals Decline by 70,000 Head

   Ghana

 » Govt Offers Support To Local Meat Producers

   Argentina

 » Argentinian Beef Exports Feel Domestic Heat

   Turkey

 » Ten More GMO Feeds On Turkey’s Doorstep

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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