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National livestock export industry sheep, cattle and goat transport performance report 2014

The objective of this project was to summarise the performance of the livestock export industry in terms of mortality levels of sheep, cattle and goats exported by sea and air from Australia during 2014.

Industry stakeholders, government, animal welfare groups and the general public have a keen interest in monitoring performance in different sectors of the livestock export trade. This summary report provides the only comprehensive breakdown by ship, species, time of year, load ports and major destinations over the calendar year.

The overall mortality rate for sheep during sea transport to all destinations during 2014 was 0.71% (15,899 mortalities in 2.24 million sheep exported). This was slightly higher than the 0.68% mortality rate for 2013. The main port of loading was Fremantle, which exported 1.91 million sheep with a mortality rate of 0.70% (13,360 mortalities), followed by Adelaide exporting 0.27 million sheep with a mortality rate of 0.78% (2.121 mortalities) and Portland which exported 0.06 million sheep with a mortality rate of 0.72% (418 mortalities).

The overall mortality rate for cattle exported from Australia in 2014 was 0.12% (1,592 mortalities in 1.28 million cattle exported). This was higher than the mortality rate observed in 2013. The overall mortality rate on voyages to the Middle East/North Africa was 0.36% (384 mortalities in 0.11 million cattle exported), twice the record low of 0.17% experienced in 2013. The overall mortality rate on voyages to South-East Asia was 0.08% (774 mortalities in 1.00 million cattle exported), equalling that which was observed in 2013. The highest overall mortality rate on a regional basis was 0.47% for exports to South-East Europe (254 mortalities in 0.05 million cattle exported), while the lowest overall mortality rate was 0.07% for the three voyages representing Miscellaneous Destinations.

There were no mortalities among the 154 goats exported by sea from Australia in 2014. All goats exported by sea during 2014 went to South-East Asia.


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Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Live Export Shipboard Mortality Report – 2013 & 2014
30/09/2013 30/06/2015

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