AUSTRALIA & NZ: Air freighting of Australian livestock surges

Australia’s livestock air freight exports have grown 150 per cent in value over last year according to the latest figures from LiveCorp which said growing demand for genetics from emerging livestock-producing nations is behind the record number of Australian sheep, goats and cattle exported by air. LiveCorp said the number of sheep, cattle and goats […]


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Australia’s livestock air freight exports have grown 150 per cent in value over last year according to the latest figures from LiveCorp which said growing demand for genetics from emerging livestock-producing nations is behind the record number of Australian sheep, goats and cattle exported by air.

LiveCorp said the number of sheep, cattle and goats as air freight from Australia last year rose 45 per cent to 97,717 head while their value increased almost 150 per cent to A$33.15 million (US$26.5 million). Of this, cattle – mostly dairy heifers – accounted for $22.9 million, with most going to China. LiveCorp chief executive officer Cameron Hall said aircraft rates had decreased while cargo availability increased, with the global financial crisis making airfreight competitivewith sea freight.