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Australian exporters helping cattle in Vietnam

Vietnam has turned to Australia to strengthen its animal welfare.

New animal health laws are being developed with the assistance of Australia’s Livestock Export Program.

The regulations will apply to all cattle in the country, regardless of their origin.

Livestock Export Program’s Manager Livestock Services – Asia Pacific Michael Patching told rural editor Eddie Summerfield, while Australian cattle were being well treated, others weren’t.

“We were being constantly confronted with the fact the local cattle aren’t afforded the same level of oversight and control and regulation Australian animals were,” Mr Patching said.

The new regulations will cover everything from animal husbandry and handling, disease prevention, slaughter, traceability and food safety.

“There remains some risks, and those risks really remain around the fact Australia can only regulate what happens with its livestock overseas,” Mr Patching said.

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