Thursday 24th May, 2018

More NT cattle heading north from Darwin

Photo: Live Export Care
Photo: Live Export Care

NORTHERN Territory cattle are being exported in growing numbers – more than 30,000 head of cattle were exported from Darwin in January, more than double the number that passed through the port in January 2017.

Territory minister for primary industries Ken Vowles said the government recognised the importance of the live export industry and has been promoting and investing in the sector accordingly.

“Live exports are a major economic driver and last year we fast-tracked an election promise to upgrade the Berrimah Export Yards – the $4.1m project is almost finished,” he said.

“As well as creating jobs during construction, this incredible, world-class facility will see Darwin better placed as the supplier of choice for live cattle and buffalo export.”

Late last year, Mr Vowles went to Vietnam with industry representative to meet government ministers and tour feedlot facilities.

“Our discussions showed there was real and growing demand for Australian cattle and buffalo, and the Territory has the capacity to help meet that demand,” Mr Vowels said.

“Take the Hao Phat Company near Hanoi and the Ket Phat Thinh Company near Ho Chi Minh City. They account for more than 70% of Vietnam’s imports of cattle and buffalo, and they made it clear they could take up to 10,000 more buffalo a year from us,” he said.

“We want to grow our buffalo export market by working with Traditional Owners to secure access to the 150,000 buffalo roaming Arnhem Land, and we are developing Katherine as an agribusiness and logistics hub to increase our live export capabilities.”

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