NT cattle boss gives tick for animal welfare

Zach RelphCountryman
Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chief executive Will Evans at acknowledges Indonesia’s animal welfare focus.
Camera IconNorthern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chief executive Will Evans at acknowledges Indonesia’s animal welfare focus. Credit: Zach Relph

The man leading the Northern Territory’s peak live export body says Australia’s animal welfare commitments are lifting standards among trading partners in international markets.

Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chief executive Will Evans noted requirements, such as the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, had underpinned animal welfare from paddock to plate.

Speaking at the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association conference in Broome last Friday, Mr Evans said Indonesia’s cattle trade placed a strong focus on animal health and wellbeing.

“In Indonesia, for instance, I can honestly say they’re so proud of what they do and the standards they have,” he said.

Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chief executive Will Evans in Broome.
Camera IconNorthern Territory Livestock Exporters Association chief executive Will Evans in Broome. Credit: Zach Relph

“These guys have been raising cattle for 30 years and some of the best stockies I have ever seen are in Indonesian feedlots — they are fantastic in what they do and they’re really proud of what they do.

“It is not just us proud of our cattle ... it is also the people that receive them at the other end.”

Indonesia is Australia’s biggest live cattle market and accounts for more than 500,000 head annually, equating to about 60 per cent of the market.

ESCAS holds Australian exporters and supply chain participants, including abattoirs, to comply with strict requirements to ensure Australian animals are not treated cruelly in foreign countries.

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