Livestock exporter Rural Export and Trading Western Australia, or RETWA, is busy getting as many shipments as possible to the Middle East before this year's three month moratorium starts on the first of June. RETWA's general manager Murray Frangs says having the supply chain as full as possible is critical to reducing the impact of the moratorium on long term Persian Gulf customers, who rely on the supply of fresh sheep meat in their diet.

Farmers are on a shopping spree. Good seasonal conditions and strong commodity prices are creating a real appetite for investment and a host of government tax incentives are kicking the spending into over-drive.