Every year Australia exports around 3.5 million sheep towards the Middle East. One of the most well-liked breed for live export sheep are merinos from Western Australia. In 2009, the 3.5 million sheep exported for the Middle East contributed $323 million in live export earnings for the Australian economy.

Australian sheep are very regarded within the Middle East for their high quality and disease-free status, and offer thousands of families and communities with a vital source of protein. Numerous countries don’t have the land, climate or infrastructure to raise livestock, and religious and cultural beliefs and a desire for fresh meat means numerous Middle Eastern countries rely on Australia for safe, fresh meat and protein.
 
Everybody involved in Australia’s live export business cares about the welfare with the sheep we export overseas. The Australian reside sheep export business operates to world-best standards and is one of one of the most very regulated industries inside the globe.

AQIS accredited Australian veterinarians and stockmen care for the live export sheep in the course of their journey overseas. Live export sheep have constant access to feed and water and room to move around and lie down. Every vessel has ‘hospital pens’ to supply extra care for sick animals. In 2009 over 99% of all reside sheep exports from Australia arrived fit and healthy at their destination after being well cared for throughout their journey.

Via Meat & Livestock Australia and <a href=”http://www.livecorp.com.au/”>LiveCorp</a>, Australian farmers and live exporters invest their levies into supporting and improving the stay animal export business. The joint MLA and LiveCorp initiative invests in activities and tools to improve the trade both in Australia, onboard livestock vessels and overseas.

This includes funding Australian animal welfare specialists like MLA and Peter Dundon  <a href=”http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/the-live-export-industry-cares-about-its-animals-20091123-it26.html”>LiveCorp’s Livestock Services Manager</a> for the Middle East and Africa , who is based permanently inside the Middle East to offer training, education and infrastructure upgrades to help improve animal welfare and care for Australian live export sheep inside the region. Peter Dundon and his team within the Middle East are delivering numerous animal welfare improvements with the help of local people, importers and governments.
The Australian Governmentalso invests in improving the <a href=”http://daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/welfare/export-trade”>live export trade</a> in partnership with MLA and LiveCorp.

A key initiative that has delivered improvements for Australian live export sheep within the Middle East is the ‘in the ute, not the boot’ program. The program is aimed at educating locals on the correct way to handle and transport Australian sheep, and to date has been introduced in Bahrain and Qatar throughout the Eid al Adha religious festival.

A team of Australian animal handling and welfare specialists worked at feedlots in Bahrain and Qatar to ensure Australian live export sheep were transported in appropriate livestock trucks or utes. Feedlot staff were trained, advertisements were taken out and signs were placed throughout feedlots to inform locals from the transport policy.

The program has resulted in a much improved system of handling and transporting live export sheep in the course of peak religious festival periods, delivering significant welfare improvements for Australian sheep exported for the Middle East.