Livestock supply chains in spotlight
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.”