August 8, 2008
August 8, 2008 - Two of the largest players in the world live exports are obviously confident about the industry's future.
Australian company Wellard Rural Exports and Italy based Siba Ships have just announced they are going to spend $250 million building two new live export ships. Each will be capable of transporting 18,000 head of cattle or 75,000 head of sheep.
Wellard managing director Steve Meerwald says the aim is to stay in control of the industry.
"We see this as very much a sustainable industry but only on the basis that it is acceptable from a commercial point of view but also from a public perspective," he said. "We don't think it's sustainable if the trade doesn't continue to invest in providing the absolute best in transport facilities for the livestock." Reprinted from ABC Rural, Australia