Just over a month later, on 27th May 2016, a NACC consignment left the other side of the country (Geraldton) after less than ideal pre-export conditions. The government report (Report 64) stated that “628 cattle were held at Premises A for more than 30 days….The area received greater than average rainfall in April…the wet conditions in the area were exacerbated with more than 90% of the rainfall of May falling within three days prior to the departure date of the consignment…”…Sound familiar?…..Deja vu for Voyage 61?? The report continued “According to the exporter, the wet conditions softened the hooves and this resulted in infection, lameness and later some secondary illness including pneumonia causing 5 mortalities in Premises A.” [Note this was BEFORE loading]. 13/15 shipboard mortalities were from Premises A. The government report concluded that “the cold and wet conditions and a prolonged stay of cattle in Premises A (up to 40 days) may have contributed to the lameness, downers and subsequent mortalities during the voyage".
Wow….if the government didn't comment on the similarities between the voyages or ask what could have been done differently to prevent the second high mortality voyage, we can hardly criticise the exporters.