Pilbara live cattle exports back on
Port Hedland’s first export shipment of cattle since 2013 is to set sail this weekend, signalling the start of a revitalised Pilbara live export industry.
About 2000 cattle will be loaded on the Angus Express on Saturday, taking the six-day trip to a northern Indonesian port.
The industry hopes there will be several further shipments before the mustering season wraps up in early October, followed by regular shipments from next year.
Paul Brown, owner of the Port Hedland export depot feedlot, said the return of live export shipments from Port Hedland was a relief for Pilbara pastoralists who had been trucking cattle to the Fremantle or Broome ports. The reduced transport means cost savings for pastoralists and improved conditions for animals.
A catalyst for the resumption of exports from Port Hedland was the Pilbara Ports Authority’s recent investment in a cattle loading ramp and other infrastructure.
Pilbara Ports Authority landside operations manager Jon Giles said PPA was preparing to accommodate bigger cattle shipments. Pilbara Development Commission chief executive Terry Hill said the resumption of live exports from Port Hedland was a positive sign for the future growth of the Pilbara’s beef industry.