Live export course’s Kimberley, Kiwi flavour

Zach RelphCountryman
Chloe Grant, 26, of Carlton Hill Station, and Gregor Goble, 19, of Te Anau in New Zealand, at LiveCorp's training course in Fremantle.
Camera IconChloe Grant, 26, of Carlton Hill Station, and Gregor Goble, 19, of Te Anau in New Zealand, at LiveCorp's training course in Fremantle. Credit: Zach Relph

One travelled across the ditch from a small New Zealand town, while the other briefly stepped away from a busy Kimberley cattle station.

Although their routes to Fremantle last week were different, 19-year-old Gregor Goble and Chloe Grant, 26, harbour the same passion — livestock.

The duo were among the 18-person group to complete LiveCorp’s training course to prepare the live-export industry’s next generation of shipboard stockies.

Both already boast experience aboard livestock vessels, with Gregor travelling on multiple carriers from New Zealand to China and Chloe completing two voyages from Wyndham to Indonesia.

LiveCorp’s four-day program, which wound up in Fremantle last Friday, is the first step in gaining accreditation to service the livestock export industry, in accordance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock.

For Gregor, the journey from his family’s sheep-deer farm at Te Anau in New Zealand’s south to WA to complete the workshop was about shoring up long-term career pathways.

“I wanted to come and get qualified ... it is great to learn all about it,” he said.

“The few times I’ve been on boats has been good.

“I’ve only done long haul, about 15 days aboard going to China, but it is really good.”

Animal handler Byron O’Keefe and livestock welfare consultant Blythe Calnan presented at the intensive course alongside veterinarian Renee Willis and stockman Richard Leitch.

Chloe, a jack of all trades at Carlton Hill about 40km north-west of Kununurra, said learning from key industry figures was invaluable.

The station worker, who was born and raised in New South Wales and cut her teeth at stations in Queensland before moving to WA, said she was eager to venture into the live-export realm to expand her agriculture skill set.

“The trips from Wyndham to Indonesia were unreal,” Chloe said.

“The first trip I couldn’t wait to get off, but the second trip I blinked and it was over.

“I still don’t know what I want to do, but live export has got me excited because it is not something everyone gets to do and it comes with so many opportunities.”

During the LiveCorp program, participants learnt about adapting to life and work on board.

The group were also taught animal-handling techniques, detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases, while also learning about feed, water and deck management.

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