Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has rejected calls for an end to live animal exports, saying many graziers are still angry over last year's temporary ban on exports to Indonesia.
Mr Newman has spent the past two days meeting cattle producers in western Queensland.
There is renewed debated about live animal exports after the ABC's Four Corners program last night broadcast graphic footage of Australian sheep being cruelly slaughtered in Pakistan.
Mr Newman said he still supported live animal exports to Indonesia.
"I totally and unequivocally support the [cattle] industry," he said.
"We all want animals to be looked after - it is imperative the industry works really really hard to ensure all the abattoirs at the other end are doing the right thing.
"But what happened last year was a disgrace - it was terrible in terms of its economic impact." Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has defended the regulations he introduced as a result of last year's ban.
Mr Ludwig said the brutal images in Pakistan were distressing but the situation there was "unprecedented".