Pilbara cattle exporter Colin Brierly maintains the politicians behind the live export ban to Indonesia last June "don't have a brain in their heads".
Mr Brierly, who has a couple of thousand head of cattle at Indee Station, 50km south of Port Hedland, said he was unsure when his next export load would leave Australian shores.
"I just don't know what to do this year - it doesn't look like we've got any hope of getting anything on boats," he said. "Indonesia was the big one for us."
Mr Brierly said he was compensated to the tune of $25,000 by the Federal Government.
The 73-year-old, who has been at Indee almost 50 years, said he was lucky to have other income, including a part-time job at the nearby Wodgina mine site, but other pastoralists were less fortunate. <div class="endnote">
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