Animal rights demonstrators protested outside of the court on Friday, holding signs saying: “Ban live export”, “Cooked Alive” and “Live Export, it’s a crime against animals”.
The convoy will leave Esperance on Saturday morning, headed for Meekatharra, where bales of hay will be unloaded for drought-stricken areas, from the Murchison to the Wheatbelt
Eleven trucks carrying 300 tonnes of hay left Roelands early on Saturday, bound for the fire-affected town of Cooma, 100km south of Canberra.
The RSPCA assisted WA Police, local government rangers and farmers at the scene to round up surviving sheep, which were kept in a temporary yard near the accident site.
“They are pretty robust, tough, almost unbreakable, but do get chipped and dented along our life journey.”
“For us, the time was pretty lucky because it was over the Christmas break and because the weather was that hot, we don’t usually transport livestock in those conditions.”
“Hopefully there will be a few more thunderstorms to help the grass shootings, because we are still feeding cattle hay.”
“It has been incredible and we are so appreciative of the people in our community.”
“We are cut off from the outside world for probably a month, at least two weeks in the best case.”
“At the moment, we have farmers coming from Northampton to Esperance — I really am blown away.”
Northern Goldfields pastoralists are celebrating after a three-day deluge broke the prolonged dry spell. On the Nullarbor however, pastoralists have been tackling fires and remain in drought.
On Monday, former Wellard chief executive Mauro Balzarini — who left the embattled livestock exporter in June — announced his new venture, NextSeaWell.
“The more people get into it, the better the technology will get,” Russell Orr said. “At the moment, I am winging it, but it is working.”
The Harvey Hay Run convoy is set to depart Harvey next week and travel to NSW.
Zach Relph and Briana Fiore
Last year highlighted the WA agricultural sector’s grit and determination, writes Countryman reporter Zach Relph.
Anna Plains Station owner David Stoate has greeted the rains across northern WA with open arms.
“We certainly have our fingers crossed that this forecast comes through.”
“I am really looking forward to coming back to the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.”
Seven farmers have put themselves forward for three positions up for grabs on the CBH board, across districts one, two, and four.
The Goldfields-Esperance and Eyre highways will remain closed until at least tomorrow morning due to ongoing efforts to contain a fire which has burnt through more than 150,000 hectares of land
Drivers are being allowed to leave Norseman south towards Salmon Gums, and the highway between Salmon Guns and Esperance has reopened.
Tom Zaunmayr and Kelsey Reid
You’d battle to find a city kid asking for a CASE IH header, a FitBit to measure steps in the sheep yards, or rain.
Goldfields-Esperance Police took to Facebook this afternoon to announce the route will remain closed in the lead up to Christmas, throwing travel plans for Goldfields locals into disarray.
Tensions are simmering among former officers of the State’s now-defunct livestock compliance unit as the McGowan Government advances its agriculture, fisheries and regional development amalgamation.
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