Live exports vital for wool industry: WAFarmers

31 Oct, 2008 12:21 PM

WAFarmers Wool Council has expressed concern at recent comments made by prominent sheepmeat processor, Roger Fletcher, where it was suggested that the live sheep export industry should be stopped.

WAFarmers Wool Council senior vice president, Kim Henderson, said the reality is that the Western Australian live sheep export was a key factor in sustaining a sheep and wool industry in the state.

"If live export is stopped in WA, there simply won't be a wool industry, and it is disappointing that Mr Fletcher is failing to acknowledge this," Mr Henderson said.

"Mr Fletcher's comment regarding the loss of job opportunities by not processing sheep onshore is a moot point, given that those countries importing the vast majority of meat, will only accept live sheep."

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31/10/2008 1:30:52 PM

The Middle Eastern Countries will accept chilled and did so when the trade stopped a number of years ago - which resulted in an increase in chilled product being accepted by them. This excuse to keep the trade going is absolute rubbish. Exporters and importers are one in the same for one company and they huge amounts of money exporting live - that's why it is done. These countries will take what's offered and we have pandered to them because we have no ethics and morals. I am sure if it were legal virgin girls would be exported because there is a market overseas for them too! The job losses directly attributable to live export is close to 40,000 but I guess those people don't matter. So long as greedy exporters get their loot - who cares? Certainly not the Fed govt because they even fail to enforce the regulations which is supposed to govern this dreadful trade.
31/10/2008 1:34:55 PM

Might he like to explain why?
1/11/2008 7:25:17 AM

Roger is trying to secure supply for his processing plants purely and simply. If he wants the live trade stopped then he needs to pay enough to attract supply. Poor returns in all the sheep sectors are driving producers out of the industry at an alarming rate.


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