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Lumpy cow: Indonesia stops imports

Australian media outlets report that Wyndham was one of four Australian export yards suspended from sending livestock to Indonesia and Malaysia in July and last month when animals were found to have the disease.

But now the Perth-based West Australian newspaper believes Broome and two other ports in the northern parts of the nation have also been added to the list.

The three new export facilities have not been banned from sending live cattle to Indonesia but are required to undertake a nose and mouth swab as well as a blood test on every animal to be sent to the country, The West Australian reported.

The Guardian newspaper reports that the Indonesian government has demanded every cow from the three export ports undergo nose and mouth swabs and blood tests to clear them of the disease before travel to Indonesia.

But the Australian industry has said such tests are so costly as to be "unfeasible", meaning Indonesia has effectively placed a ban on importing cattle from those ports.

It is understood this will cost Australia millions of dollars and, therefore, is not feasible to export the live cattle overseas.

Broome was the last port in the state allowed to export livestock with no conditions until now.

Acting chief veterinary officer Dr Beth Cookson told The West Australian the industry was confident about its lumpy skin disease-free status.

"It is in the interests of both countries that trade is able to be normalised in the least trade restrictive way," she said.