Government bans live cattle exports

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The government has announced a ban on live cattle exports by sea.

Yesterday, agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor made the announcement, which will come into law in 2 years time.

O’Connor said the new law would continue New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare.

Last year, New Zealand shipped just over 100,000 breeding cattle to China. This had a value of around $255 million.

O’Connor said officials had talked to key countries about the decision and said he recognised the importance of maintaining those trade relationships.

The ban does not apply to animals moved by air.

The two-year transition period for the industry would allow those involved time to make the changes needed.

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