Rising debts and falling incomes have led graziers from as far away as Western Australia to a cattle industry meeting in north-west Queensland.

About 500 graziers have attended a meeting in Richmond, east of Mount Isa, today, seeking solutions to an industry-wide crisis.

They came to express deep concerns about the future of live exports to countries like Indonesia, as well as the higher Australian dollar and rising industry debt levels.

The meeting heard that one possible solution was for the Federal Government to buy up 100,000 head of cattle and send them to Indonesia, to help reduce the amount of cattle on the market and drive up prices.

Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig attended the Richmond gathering, but would not commit to the motion.

"What I'm here to do is to listen to people about some of the outcomes from the summit I'm not going to comment on individual ones," he said.

Federal MP Bob Katter and Senator Barnaby Joyce also attended the meeting, which was opened by Richmond Mayor John Wharton.

Councillor Wharton told Senator Ludwig that cattle were already being shot in their paddocks due to the oversupply.

He says immediate action is needed.

Meanwhile, the Greens have renewed a call for a live cattle export ban to be reimposed after revelations of animal mistreatment in Egypt.

But Senator Ludwig has reaffirmed his support for the industry.

"There are some in this community that want this trade to end - I'm not one of them - but we do have to recognise that the animal welfare issues need to be taken into account," he said.

 

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