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Indonesia Posts Huge Second Quarter Beef Demand

03 April 2013

INDONESIA – A busy week faces Australian export companies in Darwin who have been issued with 115,000 second quarter import permits (April-June).

This is more than double the previous quarter’s total of 56,000.

Indonesian demand is not subsiding with the market requiring prime cattle which are not too fat.

But trade is being made difficult by heavy rains, reports ABC Rural.

"It's been a pretty hectic week, especially with the rain around the Sturt Plateau, Katherine and the VRD," David O’Hare told ABC Rural.

"We've had our challenges with the weather, but there are probably five or six ships lined up to leave Darwin Port over the next five or six days, so it's been good for all of us."

There is currently no supply issue in the north with many cattle ready to head to Indonesia. Traders are advised to make the most of the permits over the next month, before they are sold out.

Concerns over fat cattle not being marketable to Indonesia have been realised with many larger animals being taken to Adelaide, said Letty Cook from Suplejack Cattle Station.

A shipment has already left with three more ships to sale in the coming days.

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