The Absolute Need To Use A Professional Livestock Exporter
Posted: Apr 06, 2020
Livestock agents arrange the buying and selling of cattle, as well as giving you advice on cattle, farming supplies, and stock market trends.
Their knowledge of farm management and cattle, combined with your local knowledge of your own situation, will create a bigger picture and provide all the necessary information you need to make the right decisions.
Employing the services of a professional Australian Goat Exports, when you have livestock for sale means you will be saved from a lot of tedious paperwork including the organizing of import and export licenses, documentation, freight and insurance, health testing and inspections.
The whole process of selling your cattle, whether it be domestically or internationally, will be more efficient when you use the expertise of an experienced professional livestock agent.
Livestock agents are skilled in assessing the value of your cattle. They will visit your farm to assess the weight and condition of the animals you have ready for sale. They can also buy and sell on your behalf on farms and through the auction process and arrange transport of animals to and from the farm. That leaves you plenty of time to get on with the business of keeping your business running smoothly.
A professional livestock agent is someone you can rely on to be hardworking, honest, friendly, patient and confident in the role. Their wide range of experience on a variety of farms and at numerous stock sales means they have a good overview of the situation and can offer down to earth advice. The livestock agent wants to keep the farmer happy, so you will be assured of their commitment and full attention. When you phone to say you have some livestock for sale, the agent will arrange a time to come to your farm, have a look at the animals and discuss the selling options with you.
This could include selling at auction, selling privately or selling to the meatworks. You will receive an approximate price, and it's up to you whether to accept that or try for something more. Your professional livestock agent will get you the best possible deals.
The Vietnam livestock export industry are highly regarded in the Middle East for their quality and disease-free status and provides thousands of families and communities with a vital source of protein. Many countries do not have the land, climate or infrastructure to raise livestock sheep, and religious and cultural beliefs.
Sheep have constant access to feed and water and room to move around and lie down. Each vessel has 'hospital pens' to provide extra care for sick animals. In 2009 over 99% of all sheep exported from Australia arrived fit and healthy at their destination after being well cared for during their journey.
When the live sheep exports arrive in the Middle East the sheep walk from the ship into transport trucks and are taken to local feedlots. Here, they again have constant access to feed, cool, clean water and shade, and are cared for by local stockmen trained by Australian animal welfare experts. Most animals are then transported to local abattoirs for processing while some go to local markets for sale.
A key initiative that has delivered improvements for Australian sheep exported to the Middle East is the 'in the ute, not the boot' program. The program is aimed at educating locals on the correct way to handle and transport Australian sheep, and to date has been introduced in Bahrain and Qatar during the Eid al Adha religious festival. During the year, the majority of Australian live sheep exports are transported directly from feedlots to abattoirs for processing, however, during Eid al Adha communities purchase sheep directly from feedlots for religious reasons and are often unaware of how to properly handle and transport Australian sheep.
A team of Australian animal handling and welfare specialists worked at feedlots in Bahrain and Qatar to ensure Australian sheep were transported in appropriate livestock trucks or utes. Feedlot staff was trained, advertisements were taken out and signs were placed throughout feedlots to inform locals of the transport policy.
The program by Australia's Livestock Exporters has resulted in a much-improved system of handling and transporting sheep during peak religious festival periods, delivering significant welfare improvements for Australian sheep exported to the Middle East.