Japan suspends cattle imports from Australia

By on June 2, 2016
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There are reports Japan has temporarily stopped accepting live feeder and breeder cattle from Australia.

It comes after a consignment of young dairy cows air-freighted from Victoria last week reportedly tested positive to Bovine Johne’s Disease.

The Department said in a statement they were working closely with the Japanese on the issue.

“The Department is investigating, to confirm that cattle were prepared according to the importing country requirements.”

While Japan isn’t a large importer of live Australian cattle volume wise, it is an important market for full-blood and first-cross Wagyu feeder steers and heifers, which demand a premium price.

Japan has a national program in place to eradicate BJD from its herd.

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