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Indonesia cuts cattle quota NT News 09.01.2012
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2012, 02:48:13 PM »
INDONESIA has reportedly issued about 60,000 import permits for live cattle from Australia for the first quarter of this year.

In the middle of December the Indonesian Government announced it would be cutting the quota from about 520,000 last year to about 283,000 for this year.

The quota had been more than 700,000 in 2009.

Figures released by the Territory Primary Industries Department last week showed there were 223,526 head of Territory cattle exported to Indonesia compared to 250,450 head in 2010 and 288,887 in 2009.

The Federal Government stopped the export trade for about a month because of graphic footage of killing Australian animals shown on the ABC Four Corners program.

The Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association spokesman Kevin Mulvahil told the ABC that he understood Indonesia had issued permits for 60,000 cattle for the quarter.

He said while exporters had been expecting a low permit allocation, "60,000 was on the lower side of what we expected", saying they hoped to be allowed exports of between 80,000 and 100,000 permits for the quarter.

Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig told ABC his department had already received seven notices of intent from exporters wishing to ship cattle to Indonesia this year.

He said these were being assessed, and approvals would likely be granted soon.

Elders International Live Export is responsible for about 30 per cent of the live cattle trade to Indonesia.

Group general manager for trading Tony Dage said they had expected to ship about 9250 cattle to Indonesia by sometime this week.