Why does Australia export Cattle to Vietnam?
Australia exports livestock around the world for a number of reasons. This includes cultural and religious preferences for meat from freshly slaughtered animals, a lack of refrigeration infrastructure in some markets, value adding opportunities for local feedlot or meat processing industries as well as the demand for disease-free and high quality animals.
In Vietnam, where the economy is developing, household incomes are increasing and much of the population can afford more essential red meat protein in their diets, Australian cattle are imported to meet the growing demand for beef. In addition, many consumers in Vietnam do not have access to refrigeration or a western style supermarket and purchase meat from traditional ‘wet’ markets in open air stalls. Typically, animals are slaughtered nearby to ensure that meat is available for purchase soon after and refrigeration or refrigerated transport is not a necessity.
The Australian livestock export industry recognises that there are challenges and takes its responsibility for animal welfare very seriously. Australian exporters have implemented measures to minimise risk in the market as well as respond to incidents if they arise.
The reasons why Vietnam imports Australian cattle and the ways in which Australian Exporters are supporting animal welfare change in the market are considered in The Vietnam Live Export Cattle Story. Watch the video below the learn more!