Farmers are now clinging onto the lifeline that sheep can be transported safely to the ME using Wellard's purpose built ships.
Sorry to disappoint you guys but there are just a couple of flaws in your lifeline:
1) being in a Wellard ship does not change the ambient temperature in the Middle East one iota ...and those ambient wet bulb temperatures (outside the ship and blown into the ship with fans) are higher that the heat stress threshold in sheep no matter what ship is being used
2) since 2013, Wellard has had very little experience in shipping sheep to the Middle East
3) Wellard has a track record of major mechanical breakdowns, with some resultant serious animal welfare problems and...then....
4) the ultimate clincher: since 2013, Wellard’s average mortality rate for sheep is 1.36% for shipping sheep to the Middle East....ie nearly double the industry average for this same time period (420310 sheep, 5729 deaths = 1.36%).
Backing Wellard hasnt proved very successful for any punters....just check the share price....!