Australia is well known all over the world that with long history of providing livestock and farm goods to the other countries, it is indeed a proud agricultural exporting nation. According to several reports, half of the meat we produce these days is exported overseas, and consumers from other areas of the globe have confidence in it, knowing that these food products are safe, free of diseases and of high quality.
Exporting livestock overseas has become increasingly important in the past 30 years as a way for Australian meat to get to overseas consumers. These days, the export of livestock has grown into a sustainable Australian industry that makes up a significant proportion of Australia’s agricultural exports and makes a major contribution to the economy and social fabric of the nation.
In Perth itself, hundreds of farming families and their communities heavily rely on the livestock export industry for their livelihoods. Apart from farmers, Perth stock agents, truck drivers, veterinarians, feed suppliers and many more people who are employed by the trade also depend on the live animal export industry.
The animals exported from Australia also play a key role in ensuring the food security of the countries we export to. These countries are from across the Middle East and Asia: Australia exports sheep and cattle to the Middle East, and cattle and goats to countries across South East Asia.
The Australian export trade contributes almost 2 billion dollars in Gross Domestic Product nationally, and underpins the entire economies of some regional areas. So what happens if the live export trade gets regulated because of catastrophic accidents that involves where thousands of sheep died?
According to a report by ABC News Australia, almost 2,500 sheep died in an Emanuel Export shipment to the Middle East. Will this incident create negative effects to the Australian export industry? Read the full story right here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-02/live-export-industry-concerned-old-ships-deadly-for-sheep/9715172
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