North’s gra­ziers look to Viet­nam

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NORTH Queens­land cat­tle pro­duc­ers will be largely un­af­fected by the low­ered In­done­sian live ex­port quota, in­dus­try ex­perts have said.

The re­as­sur­ances come af­ter the In­done­sian Gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would take just 50,000 head of Aus­tralian live cat­tle for the quar­ter, a fifth of the an­tic­i­pated 250,000.

Townsville stock and sta­tion agent Tim McHugh said he be­lieved the im­pact on North Queens­land pro­duc­ers would be min­i­mal.

“If it was 12 months ago, there’d be a fair bit of an­guish,” he said. “A lot of the cat­tle go­ing out of Townsville this year were go­ing to Viet­nam.”

Cat­tle pro­ducer Rus­sell Leth­bridge from Wer­ring­ton Sta­tion, north of Hugh­en­den, said Queens­land had other strong mar­ket op­tions.

“It’ll be a lit­tle bit of flow- on ef­fect but they’ll prob­a­bly make up for it in the third and fourth quar­ter,” he said.

“There is a fair bit of de­mand com­ing from our own feed­lot in­dus­try down south so we may not see much of a price cor­rec­tion.”

Agforce North re­gional man­ager Paul Burke said gra­ziers weren’t pro­duc­ing the same amount of cat­tle due to the drought, min­imis­ing the

Let’s fo­cus on the big pic­ture – record num­bers of cat­tle go­ing out through live ex­port

PAUL BURKE

im­pact of the quota cuts. “While it’s dis­ap­point­ing, let’s fo­cus on the big pic­ture – record num­bers of cat­tle go­ing out through live ex­port,” he said. “What we need to see hap­pen in the long term is the set­ting of an­nual quo­tas, not quar­terly.”

Townsville Port CEO Ra­nee Crosby said while In­done­sia’s re­duc­tion may im­pact vol­umes through the port, it was too early to mea­sure the wider im­pact given the re­duc­tion only ap­plied to the July- Septem­ber quar­ter.

“Over the last few years we have had any­where be­tween 7000 to 36,000 head to In­done­sia for this quar­ter, and we would hope per­mits are in­creased for fu­ture quar­ters, which are gen­er­ally the busier times of the year,” she said.

“Cat­tle ex­ported through Townsville also go to a num­ber of other des­ti­na­tions, no­tably Viet­nam.

“Cat­tle are also ex­ported to Malaysia and the Philip­pines.”

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