Conference to build up exports

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Cattle shipments from Port Hedland resumed last September.
Camera IconCattle shipments from Port Hedland resumed last September. Credit: Alex Massey

Northern pastoralists will gather in Port Hedland in October a year after live cattle exports resumed from the giant iron ore port.

Cattle shipments from Port Hedland resumed last September, and almost 5000 head were exported to Indonesia over two months through upgraded cattle-loading facilities.

Pilbara Ports Authority live export manager Mr Jon Giles said Port Hedland had always remained open for live exports.

The Authority hoped the cost and animal welfare benefits of shorter transportation routes from the cattle stations to the port would make it attractive to exporters.

Mr Giles said shipments from Port Hedland usually started after June and exporters had not yet confirmed any shipments.

The Port Authority last month called for expressions of interest to develop Lumsden Point for non-iron ore exports, including live cattle.

The Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association has organised a three-day innovation conference, field day and AGM from October 24-26.

KPCA chief executive Emma White said pastoral leases near Port Hedland would host field-day events for the first 11/2 days, followed by the association’s AGM.

The gathering will conclude with the KCPA innovation conference on October 26.

Ms White said the innovation conference would now be an annual event with the location rotated between the Pilbara and the Kimberley.

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