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: Unloading of Sheep held up in Middle East 3.9.2012
: WA Export News September 03, 2012, 03:53:56 PM
Sheep shipment held up in Middle East By Belinda Varischetti and Caitlyn Gribbin
 Monday, 03/09/2012

Livestock exporting company Wellard Rural Exports says one of its boats in the Middle East is experienced unloading delays.

In a written statement, the company says the sheep on board "were prepared by Wellard and inspected and certified for export by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service in accordance with health conditions agreed between the Australian and Bahrain Governments".

The company says the sheep have been inspected "in-port" by an independent veterinarian approved by the Bahrain Government.

"Sheep from the same consignment were successfully discharged in two other markets without incident before the vessel arrived in Bahrain," Wellard said.

"Wellard is now working through the current issue with its importer, Bahraini Livestock Company, which is the legal owner of the cargo, the Bahrain Government and the Australian Government.

"Animal welfare will remain the prime focus of those discussions."

The Federal Agriculture Department says it's working with the exporter to "expedite the discharge of the animals".

The department says a DAFF veterinarian is monitoring the health of the animals and fodder and water are available to the sheep

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201209/s3581691.htm (http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201209/s3581691.htm)
: Re: Unloading of Sheep held up in Middle East 3.9.2012
: WA Export News September 03, 2012, 03:57:23 PM
To clarify- the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service do NOT inspect the sheep.

This is done by the exporters vet who may be in the employ of the exporter or may be contracted to the exporter. Either way the vet is PAID by the exporter and is not independant.

The vet is responsible for ensuring the animals are fit to export.

The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service simply sign off on the paperwork.