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Exporters want the number of welfare audits reduced
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 10:20:19 PM »
The new head of the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association says the running costs of the Federal Government's animal welfare system are not sustainable.

Currently, each exporter is paying around $29 extra per head of cattle under the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), and must be audited at least five times per year.

CEO Bernie Brosnan says there are only two auditors available to process shipments to Indonesia, which is costly and time consuming.

"There are about six exporters, there are about 84 abattoirs, there's 40-plus feedlots, there's about 245 individual supply chains, and there's only two auditors", he said.

"It's about moving forward and being able to show the [Department of Agriculture] and the Australian public that it shouldn't be any different to other audit systems.

"Once you are ticking the boxes, meeting the criteria and you're stepping up to the plate. [We need] to reduce the number of audits per year that any one supply chain is required to do.

"The phenomenal cost of ESCAS is just not sustainable."

By Matt Brann

Thursday, 20/09/2012

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