​Media Release

New agreement to see breeding cattle and buffalo to Indonesia

30 October 2015

Australian productive breeding cattle and buffalo will be exported to Indonesia in greater numbers, after health protocols were renegotiated between the Indonesian and Australian governments that will allow more efficient preparation of animals for export.

The breakthrough is expected to deliver strong benefits for both nations and follows a recent successful visit to Indonesia by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce.

“Australia's live export trade with Indonesia is a valuable trade that delivers benefits to the economies of both nations. It also helps underpin the wellbeing and livelihoods of Australian and Indonesian citizens alike,” Minister Joyce said.

“This agreement will help build Indonesian productive herds into the future as well as boost farmgate returns for Australian farmers.

“While our well-established trade of feeder and slaughter cattle with Indonesia helps meet the immediate need for food and protein, sending our high-quality breeder stock will help boost Indonesian herds and genetic variability, in turn strengthening trade between our nations.

“Australian beef cattle producers have a vital role to play in assisting Indonesia to achieve food security as suppliers of high-quality cattle in the years ahead.

“Australia provides $60 million for the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in Red Meat and Cattle Sector—a partnership that sees both nations work together to improve the productivity, sustainability and competitiveness of the Indonesian red meat and cattle sector.”

Minister Joyce said the breeder cattle market access milestone was another positive milestone in Australia’s mutually beneficial trade relationship with Indonesia. 

“After my recent visit to Indonesia, it’s a really pleasing step forward in our relationship—which continues to remain strong, productive and respectful,” Minister Joyce said.

“Indonesia and Australia have a long history of working together and regular, consistent and open communication remains a priority for both governments.”​