Katter cautiously welcomes hope of resuming live cattle trade following two-week investigation

Jul 31, 2023

KATTER’S Australian Party MP Bob Katter has cautiously welcomed news the live cattle trade suspension imposed by Indonesia on four facilities may only last weeks following the discovery of Lumpy Skin Disease in cows “which had spent some time” already in the Asian country.

In a meeting with the federal agriculture department on Monday Mr Katter formally requested the Australian government send a delegate to Indonesia to “respectfully assure our wonderful neighbours” that every effort was being undertaken to ensure the industry was disease free in Australia.

Mr Katter was advised by the department that Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp had declared Australia as LSD-free and there was no cause for concern while the department conducted local sample testing to provide the necessary evidence to Indonesia and resume cattle exports.

He was told the investigation could last between one and two weeks.

“We’ve asked the department to move as fast as humanly possible with their investigation,” Mr Katter said.

“I’ve spoken to industry leaders, and they have requested strongly that someone from the department or government physically go up there. It’s assuring to our producers knowing that they’re being represented in Indonesia.

“And I think it’s a mark of respect for the Indonesians and how seriously we value their trade.”

Mr Katter, in Monday’s meeting was advised the agriculture department’s deputy chief was set to travel to Indonesia.

Mr Katter said among his consultations, he had spoken to senior members at AgForce Queensland and Meat and Livestock Australia.