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Northern summer live sheep trade to cease

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Australian live sheep exports will not travel to the Middle East during the next northern hemisphere summer after the industry put a three-month moratorium on the trade.

From June 1 next year no shipments of Australian sheep will depart any Australian port for the Middle East during the highest heat stress risk period of the northern summer.

"This is about maintaining and growing a strong, viable nine-month-a-year live sheep trade and, more broadly, securing the future of Australia's livestock export industry," Australian Livestock Exporters' Council chairman Simon Crean said in a statement on Tuesday.

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