Graziers push for Weipa live cattle port
A group of Cape York graziers plan to see the return of live cattle export cattle ships to Weipa.
A group, the Cape York Peninsula Live Export Group, was formed recently and has moved quickly.
Two weeks ago a small working bee worked to put together some cattle yards at NQ Blasting in Weipa capable of handling around 3500 head of cattle.
The secretary of the Live Export Group, Emma Jackson, told a Cape newspaper that the group was considering a vessel capable of exporting around 2000-2200 head at any one time.
“We’ve decided to do it ourselves without politicians and bureaucrats coming in and claiming credit,” she said.
She was confident a ship would dock at Weipa this year to take on Cape York cattle.
The push for live exports from Weipa is driven by the logistics of distance.
Cape graziers cite the problems and costs of having to send export cattle to Mareeba or Townsville – basically in the wrong direction, which incurs extra travel costs such as feed for a longer journey, and loss of weight and condition for the cattle on the journey.
No agents and exporters have been selected yet but the organisers expect their interest to become apparent in due course.