THE past few years have demonstrated just how interconnected the nation's livestock markets can be.
Rain in one part of the country can result in massive prices in another.
So while South Australia is not traditionally considered to be a major live export-focused state, there is reason to be cautious about knee-jerk decisions on the future of the live export trade.
The trade has played a major role in the WA sheep industry, with it heavily reliant on that pathway.
With that gone, will it lead to a return of sheep heading east across SA?
If a potential shut down of the sheep or cattle trade happens - either through government intervention or a biosecurity break down - there will be repercussions.
And regional Australia is where most of those will be felt - albeit with varying degrees depending on locations.
There is the potential that a shut down could have benefits - I've often heard the argument the end of live export could create more jobs within the Australian processing sector.
That same processing sector is said to be short some 10,000 workers as it is.
Either way, decisions should not necessarily be made for political reasons, but with a clear understanding of the potential outcomes and with industry input.
And that includes decisions on biosecurity funding and priorities.
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