Live­stock sup­ply chains in spot­light

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN Live­stock Ex­porters’ Coun­cil chair­man, Si­mon Crean, says months of col­lab­o­ra­tive plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion by in­dus­try in the lead-up to busy re­li­gious fes­ti­vals in key Mus­lim mar­kets re­flects Aus­tralia’s long-term com­mit­ment to a sus­tain­able live­stock ex­port trade. Mr Crean said the an­nual spike in de­mand for live an­i­mals for the Fes­ti­val of the Sac­ri­fice, Septem­ber 1, pre­sented chal­lenges for live­stock ex­porters and their im­port­ing cus­tomers.

Mr Crean said sig­nif­i­cant year-on-year im­prove­ments in the han­dling and pro­cess­ing of Aus­tralian live­stock were fa­cil­i­tated by long-term plan­ning by Aus­tralian ex­porters. “Not only does the Fes­ti­val of the Sac­ri­fice place con­sid­er­able pres­sure on Aus­tralia’s world-lead­ing con­trol and trace­abil­ity live­stock sys­tems, it also places in­creased at­ten­tion on the in­tegrity of our sup­ply chains,” Mr Crean said.

“Our in­dus­try wel­comes that scru­tiny be­cause we are proud of the con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ments we’re achiev­ing and we do not shy away from the chal­lenges and risks in­her­ent dur­ing th­ese busy pe­ri­ods.”

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