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Live exports to Middle East set to resume

Updated Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:02pm AEST

Australia's live sheep trade to the Middle East is set to resume.

The Federal Agriculture Department has granted three companies permits to export about 190,000 sheep and 400 cattle.

It recently suspended licences following problems with a shipment of sheep to Bahrain and Pakistan.

Bahrain rejected the 21,000 sheep, claiming some had scabby mouth and Pakistan accepted them before later claiming they were diseased.

More than 1,000 of the animals were destroyed before an independent veterinarian declared the animals free from infectious diseases and said they could be slaughtered for meat production.

The shipment was exported by the Fremantle-based Wellard company.

The agriculture department says it has imposed additional animal health and welfare requirements on exporters.

It says they must now have contingency plans if a shipment is delayed or refused entry, and carry extra feed and water.

Wellard rural exports managing director, Mauro Balzarini, says they will comply with the new conditions.

"Some of the conditions are commercial and are between us and the department," he said.

"There are some extra checks they want to do on the animals, it's a bit of risk management but nothing impossible to comply with."

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