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Big numbers of Queensland cattle going through Darwin

Matt Brann, Thursday March 6, 2014 - 07:11 EDT
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Thousands of cattle from Queensland have been exported through the port of Darwin this year. - ABC

About half of the cattle exported out of Darwin this year have been sourced from outside of the Northern Territory.

The latest statistics from the Darwin port show that this year (Jan 1 to Feb 28), a total of 37,590 cattle have been exported from Darwin, and 18,100 of them were trucked in from outside of the NT.

Ben Hindle, from the NT Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA), says the number of interstate cattle exported through Darwin is actually higher, if you also count the number of animals which were spelled in the Territory before export.

He says there's been big numbers of cattle coming across the border from drought-stricken Queensland.

"There's a hell of a lot of cattle coming out of Queensland, which has helped the export industry and been good for those producers," he said.

"It's happening because we've had a strong wet season in the Territory, and there's an ability to buy cattle slightly cheaper out of Queensland and they're the lines of cattle which fit the requirements (for export)."

Mr Hindle says a recent shipment out of Darwin had almost 90 per cent of the cattle on board sourced from Queensland.

Live export prices to Indonesia continue to be strong, with feeder steers ex-Darwin fetching up to $2.30 a kilogram.


© ABC 2014

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