Malaysia Joins Indonesia In Banning Australian Live Cattle Exports

Malaysia has joined Indonesia in banning all Australian livestock imports amid fears surrounding lumpy skin disease. 

Exports of live cattle from Australia were banned in Indonesia last month after lumpy skin disease was allegedly detected in Australian cattle. 

Malaysia have also banned exports from Australia despite Australian authorities denying the cattle were infected with the disease before being shipped to Indonesia from WA, QLD and NT. 

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Australian chief veterinary Mark Schipp told The Australian that an investigation has been launched into the claims from Indonesia. 

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“We understand this decision was based on Indonesia’s advice that they will not accept cattle from four specific export establishments following detection of LSD in exported Australian cattle after they had arrived and spent time in Indonesia,” he said. 

“We are working to finalise the investigation into the relevant health status of the cattle herds associated with these establishments to provide the assurances that Indonesia has requested.”

Australia has reached out to Malaysia in an attempt to have the ban lifted with no evidence of LSD present in Australia. 

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