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Joyce wants live sheep exports to Saudis.
 The federal government wants to restart the live export trade with Saudi Arabia even though the Islamic country is refusing to sign up to tough animal welfare standards.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says restarting the live sheep trade with Saudi Arabia could be worth $100 million a year.

The country was once one of Australia's biggest markets, but local producers have been replaced by cheaper competition from Africa and Pakistan.

A sticking point in negotiations is Australia's tough animal husbandry standards, which Saudi Arabia won't sign up to.

The Saudis have complained the regulations compromise their sovereignty, Mr Joyce said.

He would not say if the government was willing to circumvent the animal welfare system.

'I will be doing everything in my endeavours to see if there is a place where we can both land, where both sides are happy ... and we can get the trade going again,' he told ABC radio on Monday.

'I think it is a bit of a statement to say that the home of the Islamic faith, which is Saudi Arabia, are not capable of the humane treatment of animals.'
Federal MP Barnaby Joyce says restarting live sheep trade with Saudi Arabia could be worth $100mn a year. height=455
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