The industry is highly regulated by the Australian Government, with livestock exporters fully responsible for the welfare of their livestock, right through to the point of slaughter in other countries.
The Australian red meat industry has also been proactive in creating new programs and systems to ensure and to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to best practice animal health and welfare.
In a number of cases, our industry has led the world.
Here’re three examples of recent research our industry has completed to improve the welfare of livestock…
Heat stress: to assist animals in hot, dry environments, research is focusing on acclimatisation of different breeds of sheep, vitamin E and selenium deficiencies, shade infrastructure types and other cooling methods such as wetting and the addition of fans.
Animal welfare training: in-market training is being provided to abattoir workers in Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia about Australia’s livestock export regulations, low-stress stock handling and slaughter techniques.
Nutrition advice: Australian vets visit feedlots across South-East Asia to provide nutritional assistance to improve cattle efficiency and performance.