Live sheep export report backs the ‘quiet achiever’

Zach RelphCountryman
Woodanilling sheep producer Bindi Murray.
Camera IconWoodanilling sheep producer Bindi Murray. Credit: Cally Dupe

Bindi Murray knows the significance of WA’s live sheep exports.

But anecdotal evidence explaining the industry’s importance has sometimes proved difficult to relay to those not familiar with the State’s agricultural sector.

Ms Murray is hoping the release of the Mecardo-led report — Value Analysis of the Australian Live Sheep Export Trade — on Tuesday will play a vital role in explaining the live sheep trade’s value to rural WA.

The Woodanilling-based sheep producer, a founding member of The Sheep Collective, said the report championed the industry’s economical importance.

“This information explains the trade very clearly,” Ms Murray said.

“In terms of the benefits it delivers to producers and rural communities, the trade has been a quiet achiever.

“For example, the guys that run the local homewares business say to me that they know when farmers are having a good season or bad season because they know if the money is flowing back into the community.

“It is great to now have more data and evidence which can go behind those stories.”

Mecardo’s live sheep report found Fremantle Port accounted for more than 80 per cent of all live sheep leaving Australia.

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