Export ban means WA misses Ramadan

14 Aug, 2011 03:00 AM
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THE religious holiday of Ramadan in Indonesia starts this month and Australia has missed the opportunity to supply a large amount of beef for the festival with much of it due to the live cattle export ban.

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual intimacy with their partners during daylight hours and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

The holiday moves backwards every year by about 11 days making it hard to get a gauge on exactly how many Australian cattle would normally be consumed during Ramadan.

But Meat and Livestock Australia information and analysis manager Tim McRae said there was no doubt Australia would have sent cattle over for the festival.

"WA and Australia certainly missed out on some opportunities to get some Australian cattle over there for Ramadan," Mr McRae said.

He said it makes it very difficult to measure exactly how many cattle Australia could have sent or compared it to previous years because the time of Ramadan was always changing and was obviously different for different pastoral seasons.

"If you look at the seasonality of it particularly when you want to talk live cattle it is the seasonality of actually being able to get cattle moving," he said.

"Because you need to have them in the feedlots often three, four or five months ahead to get them ready for Ramadan.

"So it does make it difficult to find out what sort of an impact not sending cattle over for Ramadan would have."

Mr McRae said in his recent cattle industry projections mid-year update that Australia would send 120,000 head less cattle than last year to Indonesia as a result of the ban.

"We estimate that about 300,000 cattle will be sent to Indonesia this year instead of 520,000," he said.

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Ban-it
14/08/2011 1:22:37 PM, on Farm Weekly

So Australians with a conscience saved 220,000 head of cattle from being tortured ....One can only imagine the torture and pain the other 300,000 are going through....
Nicky
14/08/2011 3:42:43 PM, on Farm Weekly

How lucky are those cattle? If they won't eat Australian meat processed in Australia, as far as we are concerned, they can go hungry. Hundreds of thousands of decent, hardworking Australians are deeply, deeply ashamed of you parasites who do not care what happens to your animals, and are sending a powerful message to the Australian parliament. Any politician who does not suport a ban can expect a backlash in the polls.
THE FARMER
15/08/2011 8:18:45 AM, on Farm Weekly

And then what Nicky what happens next, have you given any thought to what happens next.Over-stocking, on farm destruction you will love those pictures , price crashes in the south,economic chaos across northern Australia, job losses in towns and indigenous communities.Abs take years to open because of people like you & nimbies . If Beef City had to shut down because they cant sell beef how in the name of zeuses butt-hole do you propose to ?
blahblah
15/08/2011 10:13:07 AM, on Farm Weekly

They are extremely lucky, they will be killed in a abbatoir in the same way in Australia - hopefully an animal rights activist won't pay to have them tortured to further their own agenda.
Kanzi
15/08/2011 12:59:56 PM, on Farm Weekly

Nicky, your demo was a flop, you clearly don't have community support. If so few attended a football game, it would be a dismal failure. So it will be at the polls. The live trade is vital to the livestock industry. In times of drought, they play a critical role in moving livestock. But given your vegan ideology, you'd rather see livetock farmers go broke anyhow, we know that, but few Australians agree with you.
Hungry?
15/08/2011 7:09:49 PM, on Farm Weekly

Alot of those leftover cattle will not be slaughtered in an Australian abbotoir, but shot and left to rot where they stand(drop and rot). Animal activism and extremism has blood on its hands here and overseas where if they have their way, brutality may remain unopposed with animals outsorced and not holding an Aussie pasport. But then they seem to think this is OK. Total double standards.Wait until foot and mouth winds its way from disease ridden countries, though Indo and onto our door-step.No amount of green/paper hand towels will disect them from their bloodied,naive resolve outcomes then!

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