Live sheep trade ‘under cloud’ after Emanuel cancellation, farmers say

Updated August 22, 2018 15:10:23

The future of the live sheep trade is under a cloud after the cancellation of the export licence of Emanuel Exports, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association says.

Key points: Emanuel Exports has had its live export licence cancelled after the deaths of 2,500 sheep The company accounted for at least 80 per cent of the market Farmers say it will be difficult to fill the gap under current regulations

The federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources yesterday announced the move, saying it was “in the best interests of the industry and for the protection of Australia’s high standards of animal welfare and health.”

Emanuel Exports had its licence suspended earlier this year after an investigation was initiated following the broadcast of footage showing 2,500 sheep either dead or dying on a 2017 voyage to the Middle East.

The company said in a statement it would appeal the decision and was “committed to maintaining the highest animal welfare standards.”

PGA President Tony Seabrook said the cancellation came as a shock.

“It’ll have a huge impact on the trade when and if it ever gets going again, because 80 per cent or more was the share that Emanuel had — it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to step up and fill that gap,” he said.