Australian cattle and sheep producers welcome reduction in export red tape

By Georgi Gyton

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The Australian cattle and sheep industry is keen to reduce export burdens
The Australian cattle and sheep industry is keen to reduce export burdens

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Cattle and sheep producers in Australia have welcomed an announcement made by the Minister for Agriculture, Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, to streamline the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) in order to increase its effectiveness.

Geoff Pearson, board member at the Cattle Council of Australia, together with Jeff Murray, vice-president of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, said the move will reduce unnecessary red tape, while ensuring favourable outcomes for animal welfare.

Pearson commented: "A reduction in administrative costs will allow more resources to flow to animal welfare programs.

"ESCAS reinforces Australia’s position as a global leader in animal welfare. No other nation involved in the export of livestock has a welfare-focused regulatory system from paddock to point of slaughter on the same scale as Australia."

Murray said a reduction in the cost of ESCAS was needed in order to ensure the system does not become a barrier to trade.

He added: "Industry looks forward to the opportunity to continue working with Minister Joyce and the Department of Agriculture to address administrative and structural inefficiencies associated with ESCAS, while ensuring best animal welfare outcomes and trade objectives are facilitated."

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