Export cattle vigorously prepared for long transit by sea, New Zealand's farmers say

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Export cattle vigorously prepared for long transit by sea, New Zealand's farmers say

22 November 2019
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Eight of the 9366 cattle exported from Timaru to China have died during transit in 2019, according to the Ministry for Primary Industries' voyage report summaries.

The Ganado Express, Bison Express and the Brahman Express, along with four other consignments from Napier, have exported 25,278 cattle to China in 2019 with 18 recorded deaths during transit to date this year.

The practice has come in for severe criticism from animal rights activists who say the bovines endure suffering and cannot handle these long journeys.

However, South Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy chairman Ads Hendricks said thorough and careful procedures are followed to prepare cattle for export to whichever destination they are sent.