Live cattle exports to Indonesia were suspended after the screening of a graphic TV documentary showing the brutal treatment of livestock in Indonesian abbatoirs.
A subsequent public uproar led to the ban on a market which makes up about 60% of the $A750 million live export trade.
Radio New Zealand’s Sydney correspondent reports parts of the industry are accusing the government of over reacting.
The Australian Agricultural Company downgraded its full-year earnings by 23% and one major producer has threatened to dump thousands of cattle on the front lawn of parliament.
Indonesia, meanwhile, is threatening to lodge a protest with the World Trade Organisation over the decision.
— Source: Radio NZ