Cattle shipment stalled

19:59, Jan 23 2013

The shipment of 7200 live dairy heifers from Timaru to China has been delayed.

The heifers were due to leave Timaru's port later this week on board the livestock carrier Bader III.

However, the company behind the sale, Landmark Global Exports, said several changes to the shipment's logistical arrangements had caused it to be postponed.

"These changes are outside our control and at this time we are unable to provide an exact time of loading. The shipment will still go ahead over the coming weeks," Landmark's national manager, Eric Broad, said.

The cattle are being held on a quarantine block near Temuka.

Last week, Green list MP Julie Anne Genter described the shipment as "cruel" and called for greater restrictions on the export of live animals in the Animal Welfare Act, which is currently being reviewed. Her claim was rejected by the dairy industry.

The shipment is part of a growing trend of New Zealand cattle being sent to China as that country builds up its dairy industry.

New Zealand dairy cattle are sought after because of New Zealand's reputation for breeding cattle that produce well in China.


The Timaru Herald