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Indonesia To Enforce Stricter Cattle Codes

Indonesia will register all importers of live cattle and beef from next month in a bid to improve standards and achieve self-sufficiency, a trade ministry official said last Friday.

Under the new regulation, effective Oct. 1, importers must comply with strict regulations on feeding and slaughter facilities before the government approves their registration.

Australia s government removed a month-long ban on live cattle exports to neighbouring Indonesia in July, saying it was satisfied the trade could resume after a scandal over mistreatment of livestock.

Indonesia consumes about 430,000 tonnes of beef annually and imports about 16 per cent from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It also imports an average 700,000 feeder steers annually.

Feds Support B.C. Tracking

Software to help ship information about the carcass quality of British Columbia s slaughter cattle back down the production chain will get federal funding toward its development.

Vancouver South MP Wai Young pledged over $276,000 in Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) funding to help set up the B.C. Carcass Tracking and Quality Information System.

The system is described as a collaborative project spearheaded by the B.C. Cattlemen s Association, working with the B.C. Association of Abattoirs.

The project is meant to develop software allowing the beef industry to better track, analyze and improve products by allowing for quick input and retrieval of information through a shared database.

The project is also expected to allow for future adaptation of the Tracking and Quality Information System in the province s lamb, pork, and buffalo sectors.

BCCA general manager Kevin Boon said this project aims to develop a system that can be utilized in every province across Canada and fulfill our mandate for full traceability, while creating a system of value for the producer and the entire value chain.

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