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Northern cattle heading south
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 06:36:22 PM »
With a shrinking live export trade, a lot of pastoralists in the north of Western Australia are having to fork out extra dollars to truck their cattle to markets in the south. Kimberley pastoralists are trucking cattle thousands of kilometres to meatworks, feedlots and agistment properties.
 Livestock agent Todd Walsh says there's not huge money in sending cattle south, but for many it's the only alternative.
 "Last year, a lot of the cows suitable for meatworks went over to NSW or Victoria, but the west (Western Australia) has a bit more money this year, so a lot more cows are going through Broome, getting dipped and going down to Perth," he said.
 "There's not huge money in it by the time you put all of your costs into it, but it's just another avenue that people like to work towards... the cattle have to go somewhere in the end and they can't all stick around here."
Matt Brann 03.07.2012