Well, the exporters are delighted and Federal O'Connor MP Rick Wilson will soon undertake a Live Export Update tour of his electorate joined by The Livestock Collective's Dr Holly Ludeman. They are keen to overturn the Northern Summer moratorium.
So...how good was it on this understocked "state of the art" ship that had carefully selected in-spec sheep (if we are to believe David Hazlehurst)....well the IO report is out....
-28 deaths but inexplicably another 155 sheep just totally disappeared from the manifold
-28 deaths but only 20 got a PM....were the others too autolysed after heat stress?
-trauma and crush injuries...attributed to feedlot procedures.....hmmm what about the bad weather on departure??? Either way, not a good look
-3 late pregnant ewes were identified and four lambs born....wow they must have been closely scrutinised and supervised during loading given late pregnant sheep not allowed to travel
- pens near the engine hotter despite the purported brilliant ventilation
- intervention required to prevent pen flooding
AND HEAT STRESS:
All sheep suffered some level of heat stress! At the maximum wet bulb temperature of 32C, using the government scoring system there were 3% of sheep at score 4 (DISTRESS)), 12% at score 3 (SEVERE DISCOMFORT), 84% at score 2 (DISCOMFORT) and 1% at score 1. Oh yes....and boggy pads...a sure sign that sheep cannot thermoregulate....
If thats as good as it gets.....????
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