​Media Release

South East Asian markets now open for breeder animals

1 April 2015​

The Coalition Government has finalised market access conditions to send Australian breeder deer to Malaysia, and breeder sheep and goats to the Philippines.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that the Coalition Government remained focused on opening new markets, and re-establishing existing markets, for Australian exporters.

"If it's protein and walks on four legs or hops on two and is bigger than a guinea pig then we are going to try and find a market for it. I want Australia to become a greater soft commodity power," Minister Joyce said.

“Finding both major and niche markets has been a major priority for us, and we’ve delivered a number of market opportunities for Australian exports in the past year—including Lebanon, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Cambodia and Thailand for slaughter cattle. And it’s not just in live exports—we recently announced a new market in Peru for kangaroo meat.

“The Australian Government has worked hard to make sure our livestock producers and exporters have every opportunity to trade with other nations. Through facilitating the capacity to supply high-quality livestock we are aiding in the development of food security for millions of people all over the world.

“The Malaysian breeder deer market, along with the Philippines breeder goat and sheep markets, represents a good opportunity for exporters in this sector of the market—niche, low volume, high value.

“Unlike other market opportunities we’ve announced recently, we are not expecting to send thousands of animals through these agreements, but it’s a good opportunity for smaller exporters and producers to arrange ongoing trading relationships.

“I understand the first consignment of breeder deer under these new market access conditions is ready and waiting to go.

“Australian Government veterinary authorities have now reached agreement on animal health certification requirements with Malaysia and the Philippines which provides a basis upon which the trade can occur.

“Australia really is open for business,” Minister Joyce said.