The latest mortality figures for the live export industry show that more than 99% of animals shipped overseas arrive at their destination fit and healthy, according to Meat and Livestock Australia and LiveCorp.
The 2008 national livestock export industry shipboard performance report summarises the performance of the livestock export industry in terms of mortality levels of sheep, cattle and goats exported by sea from Australia during 2008, and provides a breakdown by species and major destinations.
The overall mortality rate for sheep during sea transport to all destinations during 2008 was 0.84% out of approximately 4.2 million sheep exported (99.16% success rate). This was an improvement on the 0.97% mortality rate observed in 2007.
The overall mortality rate among the 0.86 million cattle exported from Australia in 2008 was 0.12pc (99.88% success rate). This was slightly higher than the 0.10% mortality rate observed in 2007.
The overall mortality rate on voyages to the Middle East/North Africa was 0.29% in 2008, a rise from 0.19% in 2007.
The overall mortality rate among the 3118 goats exported by sea from Australia in 2008 was 0.51% (99.49% success rate), which was an improvement on the 0.69% observed in 2007. All goats exported by sea during 2008 went to South-East Asia.
Source: MLA - Meat and Livestock Australia