Cat­tle bound for In­done­sia

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Sophia Con­stan­tine

About 2000 cat­tle departed Port Hed­land last Satur­day, sig­nalling the start of the first live ex­port trade from the re­gion in four years.

The An­gus Ex­press left the port about 6pm on Septem­ber 2 , em­bark­ing on the six-day trip to a north­ern In­done­sian port.

Land­side op­er­a­tions man­ager Jon Giles said the re­cent up­grades to the port’s cat­tle load­ing fa­cil­i­ties led to a safe and ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion.

He said there were no re­ported in­ci­dent or in­juries.

“The new load­ing ramp func­tioned well and it proved to be a safe, steady and stress-free ex­pe­ri­ence for live­stock and staff,” he said.

The load­ing ramp was com­mis­sioned in April and can be used on mul­ti­ple berths at the ports op­er­a­tions.

Mr Giles said the ship­ment would ben­e­fit the live­stock in­dus­try and sig­nalled the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the trade out of Port Hed­land.

He said the in­ter­est in Pil­bara live­stock ex­ports was linked to re­cently ne­go­ti­ated trade agree­ments, which could po­ten­tially lead to an in­creased de­mand for ex­port cat­tle from the re­gion.

“With the suc­cess of this op­er­a­tion, we are con­fi­dent that we will be able to cater for more ship­ments and can ac­com­mo­date larger num­bers of live­stock through the port, which will sat­isfy grow­ing de­mand in the medium term,” he said.

He said they were al­ready pre­par­ing for a longer-term so­lu­tion to in­crease the port’s live­stock ca­pac­ity for ex­ports when the in­dus­try grows.

Pic­tures: Sophia Con­stan­tine

The An­gus Ex­press docked at Port Hed­land port.

Cat­tle be­ing loaded onto the An­gus Ex­press.

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