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27000 Young cattle on their journey to death in Russia. LSS shipment.
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 04:59:03 PM »
Big shipment to beef up exports to Russia.   

 A LUCRATIVE new export business has suddenly opened up for southern Australian farmers, with three bulk ships currently being loaded with 35,000 live young Angus cattle in Adelaide and Portland bound for Russia.

  The order, estimated to be worth between $25 million and $30m, is the largest single contract for live cattle ever from southern Australia.

It is also the first contract for cattle that are to be fattened in Russia and eaten for meat, with all past shipments of live cattle to Europe having been for breeding purposes.

The unexpectedly large shipment has been filled with year-old weaner steer (male) cattle from South Australia, Victoria and southern NSW, all bought from farmers by agents from Landmark, Elders and Perth-based Livestock Shipping Ser­vices, which is organising the consignment.

The purchaser is Russia’s biggest meat producing and importing agribusiness, Miratorg, with the Australian cattle to be shipped into ports on the Black Sea.

One of the world’s largest animal ships, the 200m-long MV Nada, will be loaded today and over the weekend with 17,000 cattle in Adelaide, while the converted car carrier the MV Ghena is waiting alongside to be loaded with another 10,000 head.

The MV Brahman Express is due into the Victorian western port city of Portland late on Sunday, where it will be loaded with 4100 head of cattle already acclimatising to pellet feed in local feedlots.

Miratorg’s unprecedented live cattle order preceded the unexpected announcement by Russia early this month that it was banning all imports of chilled and frozen beef from ­Australia.

Russian authorities claimed the ban was because they had detected small amounts of the banned growth promotant hormone trenbolone in chilled and frozen beef from Australia, but Australian testing found no evidence of trenbolone.

Executives from Livestock Shipping Services, owned by Jordanian company Hijazi and Ghosheh Group, were unwilling to speak with The Australian.

LSS has been at the centre of recent animal welfare export controversies.