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Animal welfare disaster in the making: live buffalo to Vietnam
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 12:54:48 AM »
Vietnamese to taste Top End buffalo.

 The Northern Territory buffalo industry expects it will soon be exporting live animals to Vietnam for the first time.

Since the live cattle suspension to Indonesia in 2011, Top End buffalo producers have been struggling, with no buffalo exported to Indonesia and very few producers left in the industry.       

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Photo: Top End buffalo are expected to be exported to Vietnam in the coming months.  (Carl Curtain)

NT Livestock Exporters Association CEO, Bernie Brosnan, says once a health protocol for the animals is finalised between the two countries, the first shipment can be sent.   
"I guess that's our biggest hurdle at the moment, the health protocol.

"I know that there is no shortage of buffalo here with producers willing to supply that market or any market," he said.

Mr Brosnan says the animal welfare and health guidelines were discussed with a recent delegation to Darwin from Vietnam.

"The Northern Territory Government has recently hosted the chairman of the Board of Livestock Services.

"We can say that at that meeting we discussed and put a proposal forward around some slight changes to the cattle health protocol to include buffalo on it, and they seem very receptive to that," he said.

At the end of April, 5,600 head of cattle had been shipped from the Darwin Port to Vietnam for 2013.
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