A live cattle exporter says Australia's northern beef industry will be devastated by a reduction in the number of cattle exports to Indonesia next year.
Beef industry representatives are reporting the Indonesian Government will release permits for 238,000 cattle in 2013, down by 45,000 from this year.
Sid Parker from South-East Asian Livestock Services says it will be another tough year and his company's operations out of the Karumba port in Queensland's Gulf will also be affected.
"It's devastating for the whole industry down here," he said.
"A lot of people couldn't sell their cattle up there last year when it was at 283,000 and that's dropped it by close to another 50,000, so everyone down here will be very, very disappointed in that.
"We haven't taken so many out of there [at Karumba] this year either, we were hoping for a bigger year next year.
"It'll be hard going everywhere here in Australia."