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National livestock export industry sheep, cattle and goat transport performance report 2017

​The objective of this project was to summarise the performance of the Australian livestock export industry in terms of mortality levels of sheep, cattle and goats exported by sea and air from Australia during 2017.

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 species, time of year, ships, load ports and major destinations over the calendar year, along with summary analyses of trends over time.

The overall mortality rate for sheep during sea transport to all destinations during 2017 was 0.71% (13,183 mortalities in 1.85 million sheep exported). This was an 11% fall compared the mortality rate of 0.80% observed in 2016. The main port of loading was Fremantle, which exported 1.59 million sheep with a mortality rate of 0.74% (11,854 mortalities), followed by Adelaide exporting 0.24 million sheep with a mortality rate of 0.54% (1,296 mortalities) and Portland which exported 0.01 million sheep with a mortality rate of 0.28% (33 mortalities).

The overall mortality rate for cattle during sea transport to all destinations during 2017 was 0.10% (867 mortalities in 0.86 million cattle exported). This was a 24% fall compared to the mortality rate of 0.13% observed in 2016, and represents a new record low. The overall mortality rates on voyages to the Middle East/North Africa, North-East Asia and Miscellaneous destinations were 0.17% (72 mortalities in 0.04 million cattle exported), 0.11% (100 mortalities in 0.09 million cattle) and 0.17% (5 mortalities in 3,000 cattle) respectively. The highest overall mortality rate on a regional basis was 0.21%, for exports to South-East Europe (44 mortalities in 0.02 million cattle exported), while the lowest overall mortality rate was 0.09% for exports to South-East Asia (646 mortalities in 0.70 million cattle exported).

No goats were exported by sea from Australia in 2017.


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Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Live Export Industry Annual Transport Mortality Report – 2017 & 2018
01/11/2017 30/05/2019

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