8 days in and a perfect voyage according to RETWA Update 1 and 2. Update 2 photo show sparses stocking density and sawdust bedding ...interesting, bedding not usually provided for sheep export.
But they do admit to 2 cross bred ewes lambing and state that they were not required to be pregnancy checked by ASEL. ASEL requires any ewes over 40kg to have preg checks 30 days prior to export and the minimum recommended liveweights for ewes at joining are 45 kg for crossbreds according to NSW DPI. One assumes that these ewes must have been <40kg when sourced.
But as for that close departmental inspection claimed by the Government: well so far VALE has detected sheep >50kg, sheep with likely scabby mouth (see photo) and sheep with >20mm wool on the trucks (see previous blog) headed to Fremantle Port. Now we find that some late pregnant ewes missed that close and observant Dept eye as well.....oh dear perhaps they didnt look too closely after all.
Photo truck KO 855, back plates 9ST624. Leach Highway 16 June 2020