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Cattle ship diverted from the Kimberley to Darwin. 21.12.2011
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 07:16:32 PM »
Cattle ship diverted from the Kimberley to Darwin.

 The live export season has officially wrapped up in the north of Western Australia, but under unusual circumstances.

The last cattle ship was due out of Wyndham this week, but at the last minute the Sahiwal Express was diverted to Darwin.

Steve Forrest, from the Wyndham Port, said organising cattle became a problem.

"I think there were some issues with getting enough cattle out of this region," he said.

"I think the cattle are here but maybe there were some mustering issues, or timing issues, so it (cattle ship) was diverted to Darwin."

The Wyndham Port ends the year having shipped over 41,000 head of cattle.

Elsewhere in northern WA, Broome port shipped nearly 92,000 head, and for the second year in the row, there were no cattle exported from the port in Port Hedland.

In the Northern Territory, the live export season is showing no signs of slowing down.

Export prices for steers has shot up to $2.30 a kilo and there are another three cattle ships due out of the Darwin Port over the next week.

The world's largest livestock carrier, the Ocean Shearer, is due into Darwin on Christmas Eve.

By Matt Brann

Wednesday, 21/12/2011

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201112/s3395819.htm