In a move that would appear to preempt the McCarthy review, the AVA have released their own review into heat stress in the live ex trade.
The key finding is as follows:
"Irrespective of stocking density, thermoregulatory physiology indicates that sheep on live export voyages to the Middle East during May to October will remain susceptible to heat stress and die due to the expected extreme climatic conditions during this time. Accordingly, voyages carrying live sheep to the Middle East during May to October cannot be recommended."
For the full and detailed review: see AVA_Literature_Review_Live_Sheep_Export_May_2018.pdf
VALE wishes to congratulate the AVA on both undertaking the analysis and making the appropriate scientific conclusions from such an analysis (something industry has always been reluctant to do).