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My Daily Digest: April 14, 2021

Govt drops live exports bombshell The Government’s decision today to phase out live exports of cattle over the next two years will force some farmers to make some big changes.

The trade has been a lucrative one, with participating farmers able to sell stock at a premium to China, which is keen to get its hands on our genetics as it looks to build its own herd.

The phase out period is quite short and there are fears local prices could be hit as farmers rearrange their herds and businesses.

But in the big picture it’s the right decision.

There’s little appetite for the practice in the general public and food producing nations of a similar standard are making the same move globally.

If we’re to be the best in terms of animal welfare, we have to walk the walk.


Bryan Gibson


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