FMD and LSD : Lots of talk but no meaningful action.

Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) infection in Indonesia was officially announced on the 3rd March 2022. Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) infection was officially declared on the 12th of April 2022. Since that time, 4 months for LSD and 3 months for FMD, action to control both diseases has been slow, uncoordinated, under-funded and generally ineffective. For both…

Bali Cattle 2022

The Balinese love their cattle and still keep about 600,000 head despite the fact that their role is now largely as a store of value as they are no longer used for draft purposes. Balinese beef consumption is modest.  Animals can still be seen tethered out for grazing during the day all over Bali.

Live cattle exports from Mexico to USA

As Australian live cattle export numbers slowly decline, Mexico has taken over as the world’s largest live cattle exporter.  In 2020, Mexican exporters sent over 1.1M head across the border into the USA whilst Australia exported a total of 1.05M head. The year-to-date numbers from Mexico are down in 2021, but not as much as…

Gadafi, Darwin’s fair dinkum Aussie Halal butcher.

One of the bonuses of working in the live export industry is that you get to meet some really interesting people from totally different cultures. Mohammad Gadafi Haji Mokti (Gadafi) is one of those. Gadafi began his career in the livestock and meat industries when he became a slaughterman in Brunei at the government owned…