The live cattle trade has started well for exporters in Darwin with ships sailing regularly to Indonesia.
The live cattle trade has started well for exporters in Darwin with ships sailing regularly to Indonesia. Mark Wilton

Dead end for Northern Rivers live trade plans

ALMOST a year on since The Northern Star revealed the Richmond River Beef Producers Association’s push for live trade to Indonesia, the idea has gone nowhere.

Acting chair of the association Holger Zeiler said, “There is really nothing happening there. Because the local market was so high, there was no way that live export was going to happen in this area.

“Just the logistics of it make it fairly difficult. There is a lot of work involved getting an export license.

“There’s a lot of regulation. All that has pretty well stopped it (plans for live trade deals).”

Exploratory trade inquiries, initiated by Australia-Indonesia Business Council executive member Welly Salim last year were stymied for a number of reasons, explained Mr Zeiler.

“It’s no secret that things have been going well, price wise in the area. We have had one of the best seasons you could ever hope for,” he said.

“I personally still have issues with the power of the Meatworks in the Casino sale yard systems.

“They are the major veal buyers and in a position where they could deter other buyers from coming into the market as they are the local processor. They will say that it is not the case of course.”



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