AUSTRALIAN cattle exported to Indonesia are now being very well managed, according to producers from three northern cattle stations who recently toured the country.
The tour, co-ordinated through the Livestock Export Program (LEP), took in Indonesian abattoirs, feedlots, wet markets and supermarkets.
Indonesia is Australia’s biggest market for live cattle exports, taking almost three quarters of a million head in 2014/15.
The LEP is a joint initiative designed to improve live export animal welfare, supply chains, market access, stakeholder relationships, and research and development in Australia and overseas.
The tour enabled the producers to follow the journey of Australian live cattle right through Indonesia’s supply chains, to see first-hand how well the stock were performing along with animal welfare standards.
One producer said the trip confirmed our cattle are being looked after and the trade has undergone significant change since what was revealed in 2011.