Kim­ber­ley cat­tle praised

Broome Advertiser - - NEWS - Zach Relph

WA has emerged as a pil­lar of Aus­tralia’s $1.2 bil­lion live cat­tle ex­port trade, ac­count­ing for one-quar­ter of the coun­try’s pro­duce shipped to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

A new Me­cardo-led live cat­tle ex­port study has found that about $620 mil­lion was re­turned to cat­tle farm­ers an­nu­ally from 2012-2017 on the back of grow­ing beef de­mand.

The strong rev­enues en­joyed by cat­tle pro­duc­ers came about as 265,000 head ex­ited through WA’s ports ev­ery year in the same time frame, equat­ing to 25 per cent of Aus­tralia’s live cat­tle in­dus­try. Kim­ber­ley Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Emma White said the re­port was timely. “We’ve used find­ings from the re­port to com­ment to the ASEL re­view. It em­pha­sises that for the north of Aus­tralia — par­tic­u­larly Pil­bara, Kim­ber­ley and North­ern Ter­ri­tory — the fun­da­men­tal im­por­tance of live cat­tle ex­ports.”

The anal­y­sis, com­mis­sioned by LiveCorp and Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia, found the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara hosted the bulk of WA’s herd.

The Kim­ber­ley holds about 35 per cent, while 29 per cent is based in the Pil­bara. About 71 per cent of Kim­ber­ley cat­tle sales are iden­ti­fied as live ex­port trans­ac­tions, com­pared with the Pil­bara’s 60 per cent.

The NT had the great­est stake in live cat­tle ex­ports, ship­ping 38 per cent of the coun­try’s mar­ket a year.

Pic­ture: KPCA

Emma White, ex­porter Justin Mor­ris­sey and Cat­tle Coun­cil of Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Margo An­drae.

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