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National livestock export industry shipboard performance report 2012

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 from Australia during 2012. 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 2012 was 0.81% out of approximately 2.24 million sheep exported. This was higher than the 0.75% mortality rate observed in 2011. The main port of loading was Fremantle (1.42 million sheep exported with mortality rate of 0.82%), followed by Adelaide (0.37 million sheep exported with mortality rate of 0.88%) and Portland (0.13 million sheep exported with mortality rate of 0.47%). The overall mortality rate among the 0.62 million cattle exported from Australia in 2012 was 0.11%. This was lower than the 0.12% mortality rate observed in 2011. The overall mortality rate on voyages to the Middle East/North Africa continued at the record low of 0.16% experienced in 2011. The overall mortality rate on voyages to South-East Asia was 0.04%, continuing the record low rate first observed in 2010 for the region. The highest overall mortality rate on a regional basis was 0.28% for exports to the newly examined region of South-East Europe (75,170 cattle exported), while the lowest overall mortality rate was 0.04% for exports to South-East Asia (361,383 cattle exported). The overall mortality rate among the 635 goats exported by sea from Australia in 2012 was 0.00%. This is the first time this figure has been reached since recording began. All goats exported by sea during 2012 went to South-East Asia. Air transport of goats was again examined in 2012, with the vast majority of the 64,209 goats being flown to South-East Asia. The overall mortality rate for air-transported goats was also nil.

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Contracts

Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
W.LIV.0285
Live Export Mortality report – 2012
01/02/2013 07/10/2013
Industry

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