Media Release

Coalition delivers red tape savings for Australian cattle producers

4 September 2014

The Australian Government is cutting red tape for cattle producers, with the removal of the requirement for tail-tags on cattle that are destined for processing for the EU meat market.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said from September 1, Australian producers are no longer be required to use special lime-green tags on the tails of cattle produced for processing into beef exported to the EU.

“The tags are an additional layer of unnecessary regulation. By eliminating the tag system, I’ve been advised that cattle producers will save up to $1 million a year,” Minister Joyce said.

“The tags were a requirement for identifying cattle eligible for processing for the EU market. But Australia’s strong cattle identification and traceability systems, such as the National Livestock Identification System, means these tags are actually unnecessary.

“While this government is focused on new market access, we’re also ensuring we’re improving existing market access opportunities for our industry by removing unnecessary regulatory requirements.

“Our beef meat and offal exports to the EU were worth $201.9 million in 2013. The Australian Government is doing all it can to support cattle producers to be competitive internationally and generate better returns at the farmgate.

“This is all part of the government’s plan to make trade easier for agricultural exporters, while we continue to be focused on cutting unnecessary red tape and regulatory burdens on industry and the community.”