AUSTRALIA - The Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC), Australia's second largest cattle producer, has shipped its first load of cattle for 2017.
Around 1,200 head were exported out of Townsville at the weekend bound for CPC's feedlot in Lampung, Indonesia.
Chief executive Troy Setter said it marked the start of what CPC hoped would be a strong year, for not only its 18 cattle stations, but two feedlots in Indonesia.
"We see the year shaping up pretty well, it's certainly been a much easier process to get [import] permits in Indonesia this year," he told ABC Rural.
"The online application process is working quite well and the permits are issued quite quickly, so that's been a positive start from an administrative level.
"There's work being done to lift the 350 kilogram weight average [of cattle to Indonesia] up to a reported 450 kilogram average, which would allow us to put more weight on cattle and make them more cost-competitive for freight and easier on logistics."
Mr Setter said because of the wet season it was easier to get cattle out of Townsville in January, but CPC had planned shipments out of Darwin starting in February and Wyndham, in Western Australia, starting in April.
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