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Sheep farmer, Dawson Bradford, felt let down by the sheep export industry

Dawson Bradford is a statesman of the sheep industry and has been producing sheep on his property in Narrogin, WA for over 50 years.

About 1.8 million head of sheep are exported annually, with the Middle East and Asia being the main recipients. Dawson’s business is just one of many who supply sheep for the export trade.
“Servicing the Middle Eastern markets have been a part of our business for over 50 years.

“I appreciate the religious and cultural reasons why Middle Eastern nations prefer to receive live meat, not packaged meat,” said Dawson.

Some countries such as Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey do not produce enough livestock to feed their population and as a result they heavily rely on Australian livestock for their food security and in some cases, social harmony.

Dawson, like most Australian farmers, takes great pride in the work that he does and the product his farm produces, which feeds consumers around the world. He is constantly striving to improve the eating satisfaction of his premium product.

Mr Bradford on his property in Narrogin, WA.

However, Dawson felt let down by the industry, which he had dedicated 50 years of his life to, after seeing the conditions sheep had to endure whilst aboard the Awassi Express in August 2017.
“I felt let down that animals we have raised with care could be treated so poorly.

“As a farmer I want reassurance that these will not be the circumstances on any ship carrying live sheep from Australia,” Dawson said.

Dawson supports changes based on science that will guarantee the welfare of his sheep and will preserve the industry in the long term.

“We need to be shown better ways to get our sheep to the Middle Eastern markets in the most practical, humane and cost effective way.”

According to Dawson, peace of mind will be given through improvements which support the supply chain of food to people in the Middle East and ensuring the welfare standards of animal are never compromised.

“We need to fix live sheep export, not ban them.”

For more information and facts visit: https://www.liveexportfacts.com/

Andrea Martinello

Andrea Martinello

Andrea is the Community & Engagement Officer at the National Farmers' Federation.

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