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Northern WA shipping out tens of thousands of hapless cattle
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2012, 05:24:00 PM »
It was a busy April for cattle exports out of Broome in Western Australia, with over 10,000 cattle shipped to Indonesia for the month and another two ships due out by the end of this week.

Prices started at around $1.90 a kilo for steers, but that's starting to drop off, with steers out of Darwin now fetching just $1.75 a kilo.

Paul Heil, from the Roebuck export yards, just outside of Broome, says the cattle that have come through the yards have been in excellent condition.

"They've been looking magnificent and all around the top weight range (of 350 kilograms)," he said.

"The cattle are looking good, there's plenty about, and hopefully they can keep bringing them in."

By the end of this week, the Broome port will have exported over 14,500 head of cattle and the Wyndham port in the East Kimberley, 3,300 head.

Indonesia has issued 125,000 import permits for Australian cattle for the April, May to June quarter, with most in the northern beef industry expecting those permits to have been used by the end of May - which would mean no live exports to Indonesia in June.

Mr Heil says it could be a lean year for northern producers.

"We're taking it as it comes. It might be a bit light on this year and I don't think it's going to be quite as busy as last year, but you never know with this industry, it can change overnight," he said.

"But right now if anyone can get cattle onto a boat, I think they should do it because it could be a bit light."

By Matt Brann

Tuesday, 01/05/2012