Farm Weekly has published an article by Annabelle Beale on 13 July 2016 that examines the complex relationship of exporting live cattle from Australia to a developing nation like Vietnam.

The headline was somewhat misleading, “Yes, they (Vietnam) have failed”, as it came in the context of  “Yes, they have failed, yes they have a long way to go, but surely we need to celebrate some of the achievements of the Australian livestock industry in Vietnam, which – through education – has influenced animal welfare standards for the better. Vietnam is a land of comfortable chaos, and one the Australia agricultural industry is working well with.”

Below is an edited extract of the original article, “Yes, they have failed” by Annabelle Beale.

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IT is flexing its muscles to become one of Australia’s most significant importers of Australian food and fibre, but understanding the burgeoning powerhouse that is Vietnam is not easy…

My western eyes were agog watching the daily grind of Vietnam’s streets…

It is a fascinating country to visit – a land of great excitement, with exotic food and culture, overwhelming cities and flourishing market opportunities as average people’s incomes and expectations grow.

Part of the trade challenge for Australian exporters is understanding the Vietnamese lifestyle…

Like most importers, Mr Thuyen works closely with Elders staff to uphold Australia’s Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System.

His business is watched from afar through live CCTV and he is proud his operation can satisfy Western standards.

That he can hold his head high in his dealings with western nations – satisfying what in Vietnam must be considered the somewhat exotic demands of a seller by still having a say over what happens to a product once it is sold – is immensely satisfying to him…

Yes, they have failed, yes they have a long way to go, but surely we need to celebrate some of the achievements of the Australian livestock industry in Vietnam, which – through education – has influenced animal welfare standards for the better.

Vietnam is a land of comfortable chaos, and one the Australia agricultural industry is working well with.

Annabelle Beale travelled to Vietnam as a guest of Elders.

 

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