28 May 2014
Livestock exporters and sheep producers have today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP of the opening of the Iran market for livestock exports, the CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, Alison Penfold and the CEO of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Kathleen Ferme said today.
The announcement follows an agreement between the Australian and Iranian Governments on important health protocols that set out the requirements that exporters must meet for livestock to be accepted for import into Iran.
“Today’s announcement has been a long time in the making and comes after many years of hard work by industry and Government officials on both sides,” Ms Penfold said.
“The agreement means that exporters of cattle and sheep can now move to establish commercial arrangements with Iranian importers including supply chains with approved welfare assurance measures.
“In the late 1960’s/early 1970’s Iran was the largest importer of Australian sheep reaching over 3 million head and industry sees strong potential for the market to reach back into the seven digit range of over around 1 million head of sheep a year.
“That 1 million head also comes with the benefit of Iran’s use of pre-slaughter stunning and the Australian live export sector’s in-market training and support services around animal welfare.”
Ms Ferme said that today’s announcement is particularly welcome news for sheep producers especially in Western Australia, who have done it tough in the last couple of years.
“The opening of new markets provides great opportunity for producers and potentially increased returns to the farm gate.
“Producers have been waiting with anticipation for the opening of the Iranian market while we continue negotiations to reopen the Saudi Arabia market which has the potential of returning to a million head plus market, Ms Ferme said.”
Alison Penfold (ALEC) – 0408 633 026
Kathleen Ferme (SCA) – 0417 808 486
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