UPDATE at the bottom 29/6/11
Caught part of this interview driving around work today.
Heres the only bit of transcript up now.
The live cattle export ban to Indonesia is the last straw for one of the Territory’s well known cattle families.Bullo River Station, located 800 kilometres south west of Darwin, has been put on the market.The 160,000-hectare property is well known as the home of the late author and cattle queen Sara Henderson.But her daughter Marlee Ranacher says with no income since late last year, the business is no longer viable.”It was a progression of things that led to it.”Last year there was a weight and class restriction set by the Indonesia Government… following a very very long record Wet season.”Then just as we were about to send some cattle off, with 24 hours notice, the entire industry was shut down.”I mean, most people get more notice when they lose a job, don’t they?”How exactly are we going to buy the diesel fuel that pumps water for the cattle?”Where do they go? Who feeds them? It’s really really hard.”
Heres a link to the interview.
She pins the blame squarely on Julia Gillard, and makes a couple of extremely interesting points.
1: The ban is hitting at the critical time of the year for northern producers. Unless stock leave for feedlots now they will be trapped by the wet season. So even if Julia announces a “solution” in a months time there will be no way of shipping them off.
2: The ABC has colluded with animal rights groups to time this quite deliberately. She makes the claim the ABC has been sitting on the footage since January. I will send a query to 4 corners on this but dont expect an answer.
3: The land will be overstocked massively soon. There will be 2 seasons worth of cattle on the same land.
4: The excess cattle are unsaleable due to the 350kg weight limit on cattle. What will happen?
5: A whole seasons cattle will have to be shot.
I can’t emphasise enough listen to this interview, if you are strapped for time just listen to the last 1/2.
Its heartbreaking, Gillard and her green/4 corners mates should be pilloried for this, the deliberate destruction of a whole industry. Thousands out of work directly, and many, many more businesses ruined, truckies, helicopter musterers, feed lot owners. All ruined. Once that infrastructure is gone it will take decades to get back…. or Julia could declare it a national park… Just for Bob.
If you dont choke up hearing her say “we have to shoot them”… well you must be a greenie.
UPDATE: Bob Brown has announced his paries plans to completely stop ALL live exports.
From His speech to the national press club:
- Rachel Siewert’s Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill would stop the export of live animals for slaughter now – not in three years as in the Xenophon-Wilkie bill. Export of live animals too often ends up in cruelty and it also ships Australian jobs and profits off-shore;