Media Release

A breeding ground for Australian export success

22 July 2014

Breeder cattle, sheep and goats can now be exported to Egypt along with feeder and slaughter livestock following the finalisation of health certification requirements.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the agreement opened up a new export market with Egypt to include breeder animals, presenting significant export opportunities for Australia's $1 billion livestock export industry.

"The opening of this market for breeder livestock with Egypt is another positive development for cattle and sheep producers," Minister Joyce said.

"Breeder livestock from Australia will help to improve existing herds in Egypt. These new agreed requirements will provide their producers with confidence in the health of the stock that will lead to improvements in the productivity and genetic vigour of their livestock."

Australian and Egyptian government veterinary authorities reached agreement on animal health certification requirements for breeder cattle, sheep and goat exports on 2 July.

"Health certification requirements are the foundation for trade in breeder animals," Minister Joyce said.

"This milestone comes only four months since the Australian and Egyptian Governments agreed to recommence trade in cattle, sheep and goats."

The addition of this new export market closely follows the opening of new export markets in Bahrain and Iran.

Minister Joyce said creating new market access opportunities was all part of the government's commitment to strengthening the livestock export trade and expanding market access for Australian producers.

"While it's too early to know just how many head of our quality livestock exports we'll see going, this is a significant new market for Australian livestock with the potential for it to take thousands of breeder animals a year," Minister Joyce said.

"Market access is, and will continue to be, a priority for this government and today's news further demonstrates how we're delivering on our election commitment to reinvigorate the trade and bring real increased returns to our primary producers at the farmgate."