(Issued by Department of Agriculture)
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been notified of an exporter’s intention to export live sheep to the Middle East.
All applications for exports are considered in accordance with the relevant legislation.
The department will assess any application it receives on its merits.
Consistent with our legislative responsibilities, the department is undertaking the necessary regulatory work ahead of any potential export.
Any export would have to be consistent with the additional conditions imposed on export licences following the McCarthy Review, including reduced stocking density, an independent audit of Pen Air Turnover and a reduced notifiable mortality level.
There would also be an independent observer on board who monitors the performance of the accredited veterinarian and exporter in managing the welfare of the animals and provides daily reports.