Aussie Ban leaves cows too fat

A Queensland grazier says his cattle are too heavy to be sent to Indonesia because of the temporary ban on live cattle exports.

The Federal Government has lifted the ban but port operators in north Queensland do not expect shipments to resume until September.

Ray Heslin from Inverleigh station in the state’s Gulf Country region, says more than a third of his cattle now exceed the 350-kilogram weight limit imposed by Indonesia.

He says the rest of his stock will also become too heavy for export if he has to wait until September for the trade to resume.

“We’ve sort of got to be gone before then because they start losing weight,” he said.

“It’s been two good seasons up here so cattle are a bit heavier than they normally are in a normal year.”

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