13 Jun 2011

Livestock industry in uproar

7:02 am on 13 June 2011

The livestock industry in Australia is in uproar over a decision by the federal government to suspend live cattle exports to Indonesia over animal welfare concerns.

Live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended after the screening of a graphic TV documentary showing the brutal treatment of livestock in Indonesian abbatoirs.

A subsequent public uproar led to the ban on a market which makes up about 60% of the $A750 million live export trade.

Radio New Zealand's Sydney correspondent reports parts of the industry are accusing the government of over reacting.

The Australian Agricultural Company downgraded its full-year earnings by 23% and one major producer has threatened to dump thousands of cattle on the front lawn of parliament.

Indonesia, meanwhile, is threatening to lodge a protest with the World Trade Organisation over the decision.