Indonesia to import 25,000 heads of slaughter cattle


The Australian Government has reported that Indonesia will import 25,000 heads of slaughter cattle as an emergency measure to head off a worsening beef shortage and to stabilise beef prices during Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holidays in August. This is the first order from Indonesia since early 2010 that does not require imports to have a maximum weight of 350kg. The move reflects Indonesia's immediate need for beef to satisfy demand during the current Islamic holy month, which is the peak annual period for beef consumption.