Government dumps tag rules for cattle exports

CENTRAL Queensland beef producers will benefit from changes to tail-tagging laws for local beef destined for some overseas markets, according to Capricornia MP Michelle Landry.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announced Australian producers were no longer required to use special lime-green tags on the tails of cattle produced for processing for export to the EU.

Ms Landry said the Australian Government was cutting red tape for the cattle industry and the news would be welcomed by local producers geared up to sell to Europe.

"The tags are an additional layer of unnecessary regulation. By eliminating the tag system, the minister has advised that cattle producers could potentially save up to $1 million a year," she said.

Ms Landry said Australia's strong cattle identification and tracking systems, such as the National Livestock Identification System, meant green tagging was unnecessary for EU export.

Last year Aussie beef and offal exports to the EU were worth $201.9 million.



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