Live Export FOI Reports

AQIS investigations into high mortality livestock shipments in 2006
 

  1. Al Messilah 12/2/06 – Devonport to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar:
    71,309 sheep; 1683 deaths
  2. Al Messilah 10/2/06 – Portland to Kuwait and United Arab Emirates:
    320 cattle; 6 deaths
  3. Maysora 12/10/06 – Fremantle to Israel and Jordan:
    7,805 cattle; 247 deaths
  4. 17/3/06 – Fremantle to South Korea:
    851 cattle; 11 deaths
  5. 4/1/06 – Geraldton to Malaysia:
    1,675 goats; 87 deaths

Note:  A ‘high mortality’ reportable level voyage is classified as deaths of or above:

  • Sheep and goats: 2%
  • Cattle and buffalo on voyages of 10 days or more: 1%
  • Cattle and buffalo on voyages of  less than 10 days: 0.5%

There were 5 AQIS investigations into high mortality voyages in 2006, and there have been 4 voyages exceeding the high mortality level so far in 2007.

 

1. Shipment under Licence L024, February 2006 (Roberts Ltd) - MV Al Messilah

Devonport, Tasmania to the Middle East (Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar)
71,309 sheep exported  - 1,683 died  (representing 2.36% of sheep loaded)

The AQIS investigation report noted / concluded that the high level of deaths were due to inanition (animals failing to eat) caused by ‘a number of different factors that combined together resulted in an increase in the stress experienced by the sheep’.

The AQIS report noted the following factors:

  • Tasmanian sheep have greater problems with heat stress. Sheep sourced from Tasmania are not as adapted to adverse climatic conditions experienced crossing the equator as sheep sourced from the mainland; 
  • Unfit animals (pink-eye) were allowed to enter the feedlot;
  • Disease outbreak – keratoconjunctivitis ‘pink-eye’ developed from day 2 throughout the vessel. The AQIS vet had treated animals in the feedlot for this highly infectious disease; More...

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2. Shipment under Licence L507, Feb 2006 (Roberts Ltd) – MV Al Messilah
(same shipment as sheep shipment above LO24)

Portland Victoria (via Devonport to load sheep) to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates:
320 cattle exported - 6 died (representing 1.88% of cattle loaded)  

The AQIS report notes.

  • 6 cattle died during a 22 day voyage, a mortality of 1.88%;
  • it appears likely that causes of death included stress induced by moving the cattle several times immediately before the voyage;
  • the stocking density on board the vessel increased the stress; More...

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3. Shipment under Licence L363, October 2006 (LSS) - MV Maysora

Portland, Victoria & Fremantle, Western Australia to the Middle East – (Israel, Jordan and Egypt):
7,805 cattle exported from Portland, Victoria (4,657) and Fremantle, Western Australia (3,148) to the Middle East (Eilat, Aqaba and Adabiya) - 247 cattle died during the 25 day voyage (mortality rate of 3.18%)
 
The AQIS investigation report states the main causes of death were:

  • Septicaemia caused by leg infections, in turn resulting from lameness and incoordination in the many Friesian cattle loaded;
  • an outbreak of pneumonia, which may have been present in the feedlot;
  • infections and stress made worse by heat stress, particularly of the Friesian cattle; More...

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4. Shipment under Licence L509, March 2006 (Ausko Livestock Pty Ltd) - Buffalo Express

Fremantle, Western Australia to Korea:
851 cattle exported - 11 cattle died (representing a mortality rate of 1.28%) 

The AQIS investigation report says:

  • 11 cattle died (3 were euthanased because they could not stand) during the 16 day voyage, representing a mortality of 1.28%;
  • Several cattle suffered traumatic injuries because of slippery decks; More...

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5. Shipment under Licence L203, Jan 2006 (Manana Export P/L) - Buffalo Express

Geraldton, Western Australia to Malaysia: 
1,675 goats exported - 87 died (representing a mortality rate of 5.19%)

The AQIS investigation report says:

  • there is a suggestion the goats may have been feral, rather than farmed goats and if so, they may not have been conditioned for a sufficient time;
  • the majority (83) of the 87 deaths were from a consignment of 1358 goats from one feedlot - a death rate of 5.93% for those animals;
  • of this consignment, many goats showed signs of illness in the feedlot (scouring) but were loaded; More...

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