Pil­bara live cat­tle ex­ports back on

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Jenne Bram­mer

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.

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