(Issued by Department of Agriculture)
It is necessary to clarify matters raised in media reports.
Following the suspension of an exporter’s licence, there are sheep currently in a registered feedlot that had been due for export.
The next steps are a commercial matter for the company concerned.
There are a number of potential options, including processing domestically and transfer to one of a number of companies that hold current live export licences and are eligible to apply for export to the Middle East or other markets.
There is also nothing, including biosecurity measures, preventing these animals from returning to the national herd.
Exporters are responsible for ensuring they meet the animal welfare requirements imposed under Commonwealth and state law.