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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2013
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2013 23 AUSTRALIAN LIVESTOCK EXPORTERS’ COUNCIL www.virbac.com.au Customer Support 1800 242 100 At least 91 days protection against Ostertagia and Barbers Pole worm. * Up to 49 days protection against Black Scour worm. * *Against moxidectin sensitive worms ban on exports to Indonesia cost northern cattle producers and others dependant on the industry millions of dollars and the pain continues. And when sheep exports to the Middle East slowed dramatically in October 2012, sheep prices in Western Australia collapsed overnight. The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) acknowledges the outstanding support our trade receives from many organisations and individuals in our ongoing fight to stay in business. SCA has stood side by side with exporters whenever the legitimacy of the trade has been seriously challenged. SCA and ALEC undertook a joint mission in November 2012 to meet sheep customers and governments in the Middle East. The delegation visited Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar and met with industry and government officials on a range of issues as well as visiting supply chains in all four countries. It was clear that our customers in the region place a high value on livestock from Australia and are eager to see the trade grow. This favourable view of the Australian livestock, however, is not reflected in sales with Australia’s global sheep export volumes falling to 2,279,622 in 2012, down 7.2% on 2011. The downward trend in volumes has continued into 2013, with fiscal year sales in the 9 months to March totalling 1,508,262, down 18% from fiscal 2012. Key sheep markets in 2012 were: Kuwait (706,644), Qatar (523,020), Jordan (327,960), Bahrain (249,741), and Turkey (245,147). Regulatory and other issues have severely constrained exports to both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The re-opening of these markets is a high priority for the industry. Industry remains committed to research and development and extension. The R&D program has a strong focus on animal welfare initiatives with an increased emphasis on developing extension material to support industry implementation of ESCAS. Projects are managed through a program jointly administered by MLA and LiveCorp. The Government contributes to industry R&D activities. A new program provided additional Government funds in 2012/13 to help exporters build stronger supply chains under ESCAS conditions. The MLA/LiveCorp program also invests in supply chain efficiency and livestock performance. Government regulation forms an increasing component of the cost of exporting. The program therefore focuses on identifying systems, procedures and reforms that will streamline regulations and support cost effective approaches to compliance. The objective is to deliver increased returns to both the Australian and international parts of the supply chain and the Australian economy. Australia’s livestock export industry continues to provide a strong return to the Australian economy - an average of A$1 billion a year in export earnings for Australia since 2005-06 . A report by the Centre of International Economics (CIE) found that 74%, or A$742 million, of these earnings go directly to livestock producers. It found that without the trade, national saleyard prices would be 4% lower for grass fed cattle, 7.6% lower for lambs and 17.6% lower for older sheep, confirming that Australia’s livestock export industry provides benefits for all producers. The challenges to Australia’s livestock export industry will not go away but the sector continues to play a vital role in Australian agriculture, providing the security of a profitable additional market for sheep, cattle and goat producers whilst underpinning domestic livestock prices. A focus on animal welfare and meeting market demands drive Australia’s livestock export industry. Our objective is to provide our overseas customers and their customers with the best livestock in the world. For further information www.livexcouncil.com.au