The Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA), incorporated on
22 April 1980, promotes, facilitates and drives growth in the export of livestock from northern Australia and the Territory in particular.
It represents the interests of livestock exporters as well as many other players with a vested interest in what has become
one of rural Australia's most robust industries.
The association works closely with members, other industries and both the Australian and Northern Territory Governments to increase the number of cattle available for the
overseas trade. It also works closely with importers and overseas industries and
governments to highlight the value of northern Australia's cattle as a reliable,
consistent product perfect for value-adding purposes and for meeting overseas
Northern Australia has had a long history of exporting livestock but it wasn't until the
1970s and 1980s that the trade began to show consistent promise. Early live
shipments from the Territory comprised mainly breeder cattle, with the development of
some processor cattle exports to South East Asia.