WA cattle bound for Indonesia from Port Hedland
The second cattle consignment to set sail from Port Hedland this year is expected to depart by month’s end.
Pilbara Ports Authority has confirmed a cattle shipment carrying about 2800 head, destined for Indonesia, is scheduled to leave Port Hedland on September 25.
It is understood the consignment has been sourced primarily from Pilbara-based pastoral stations.
Speaking with Countryman, PPA live export manager Jon Giles welcomed the shipment and said the port was eager to host more live cattle voyages, although none were planned for the rest of the year.
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“Last year we only handled one shipment through the port and this year it’ll be two,” he said.
“It’s difficult to estimate what else may come, but we are in a position to facilitate the trade at any moment.
“We are ready and willing for more shipments if they arrive.”
On February 4, 3552 head of cattle left the Port of Port Hedland aboard the Gudali Express and travelled to Tanjung Priok, near Jakarta, in Indonesia.
It came as Queensland cattle producers sought to overcome unprecedented floods which reportedly killed more than 500,000 cattle.
The shipment offered hope for northern WA’s live cattle resurgence in the wake of the former Gillard Government’s botched attempt to close the industry in 2011.
Since 2013, in the aftermath of the live cattle export drama, only four cattle voyages have sailed from Port Hedland — two in 2017, one last year, and February’s Gudali Express shipment.
The scheduled voyage will mark the facility’s fifth shipment in six years.
Meanwhile, the nation’s boxed beef sector is enjoying sustained demand, with 106,000 tonnes shipping weight leaving Australia last month.
Meat and Livestock Australia’s latest figures showed China remained the top destination, with 26,000 tonnes swt in August.
From the year to August, Australian beef exports were 6 per cent ahead of last year and are expected to remain elevated for the next three months as prime cattle-producing regions battle parched conditions.
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