Live sheep and cattle export reports

Reports on sheep and cattle exported from New Zealand by sea.

Update – 16 July 2021

Exports of livestock by sea ending

Exports of livestock by sea will stop on 30 April 2023, marking the end of a transition period to wind down the trade. MPI will continue to make improvements to manage animal welfare risks during the transition period, as part of the continuous improvement programme for livestock by sea.

Voyage reports required

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requires that a voyage report is completed for all shipments of livestock by sea that require an Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC).

Reports should be submitted by the exporter to MPI within 20 working days of the vessel arriving at the destination.

MPI assesses past voyage reports when considering any future applications for an AWEC.

Voyage report guidance and template

The MPI Guidance Material for the Transport of Cattle by Sea details the 20 working days timeframe and the format for voyage reports. Section 17 of the guide has more information about the reports. Appendix 7 includes a voyage report template exporters can use.

Voyage report summary – live sheep export

Only one large consignment (greater than 20 animals) of sheep by sea has been exported since 2008. It was a shipment of 45,112 sheep to Mexico, which departed Timaru on 11 June 2015 on the vessel Nada.

The voyage took 15 days and mortality rate in the sheep was 0.42% with 191 sheep deaths.

Voyage report summaries – live cattle exports

Summaries of consignments (greater than 20 animals) of cattle exported by sea since 2015 show the mortality rates for each voyage. The summaries also include the port of export, vessel name, and the voyage length. Where significant mortalities have occurred, a short explanation of the reason is given. These shipments have resulted in MPI requesting further information from the exporter and a re-evaluation of systems that caused the deaths.

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2021
Date of Export Port of Export Vessel Number of Cattle Number of Mortalities Percentage Mortality Voyage Length Destination

8 January

Napier

Yangtze Fortune

3,995

0

0.00%

21 days

China

22 January

Napier

Ocean Ute

4,407

1

0.02%

18 days

China

17 March  New Plymouth Ocean Ute 4,276 2 0.05% 20 days China
6 April  Napier Dareen 4,500 1 0.02% 20 days China
12 April  Napier Galloway Express 2,273 2 0.09% 19 days China
TOTAL     19,451 6 0.03%    
2020
Date of Export Port of Export Vessel Number of Cattle Number of Mortalities Percentage Mortality Voyage Length Destination
1 February New Plymouth Yangtze Fortune 3,732 2 0.05% 19 days China
5 February Timaru Gelbray Express 3,520 1 0.03% 16 days China
8 March New Plymouth Gelbray Express 3,347 0 0.00% 20 days China
19 March Timaru Gudali Express 3,307 1 0.03% 18 days China
23 March Napier Yangtze Fortune 4,447 4 0.09% 18 days China
18 April Napier Gloucester Express 3,655 2 0.05% 16 days China
22 April New Plymouth Yangtze Harmony 4,417 19(1) 0.43% 16 days China
9 July New Plymouth Yangtze Fortune 6,000 4 0.07% 17 days China
11 July Napier Dareen 7,300 13 0.18% 20 days China
22 July Napier Shorthorn Express 3,992 1 0.03% 20 days China
4 August Timaru Ocean Drover 14,000 10 0.07% 16 days China
14 August Napier

Gulf Livestock 1

Tragically lost at sea. See note below (2)

5,867        
19 August New Plymouth Yangtze Harmony 5,782 49(3) 0.85% 17 days China
25 August Napier Dareen 6,849 5 0.07% 20 days China

8 November

Timaru

Ocean Drover

7,928

5

0.06%

18 days

China

9 November

Timaru

Ocean Swagman

6,127

1

0.02%

19 days

China

16 November

Napier

Yangtze Fortune

4,654

2

0.04%

17 days

China

19 November

New Plymouth

Ocean Ute

4,857

2

0.04%

18 days

China

20 December

Napier

Dareen

5,763

2

0.03%

19 days

China

22 December

New Plymouth

Yangtze Harmony

4,377

5

0.11%

21 days

China

TOTAL     109,921 128 0.12%    

(1)The exporter reported higher than expected mortalities in this voyage and attributed them to heat stress and the reoccurrence of salmonellosis. The mortalities did not reach levels that require immediate notification to MPI.

(2)The Gulf Livestock 1 was tragically lost at sea with all livestock. MPI halted exports while an independent review was carried out and introduced new requirements as a result of the review. The 5,867 cattle are not included in the calculation of mortalities or mortality rates for completed journeys. (Updated on 18 April 2021 for greater clarity)

Independent review launched into animal welfare assurances for safe transport of livestock by sea

MPI introduces new requirements for livestock exports following independent review

(3) The mortalities associated with this voyage have been attributed to a number of factors including an extended period of rough conditions.

2019
Date of ExportPort of ExportVesselNumber of CattleNumber of MortalitiesPercentage MortalityVoyage LengthDestination
19 March Timaru Ganado Express 3,164 4 0.13% 17 days China
24 March Napier Girolando Express 3,229 1 0.03% 16 days China
15 April Napier Gelbray Express 3,300 3 0.09% 15 days China
21 April Timaru Bison Express 2,411 2 0.08% 18 days China
4 August Napier Yangtze Harmony 5,400 3 0.06% 18 days China
17 September Napier Yangtze Fortune 3,983 3 0.08% 18 days China
4 October Timaru Brahman Express 3,791 2 0.05% 15 days China
17 October Napier Ganado Express 3,313 4 0.12% 16 days China
9 November  Timaru Brahman Express 3,978 1 0.03% 16 days China
27 December Timaru Ocean Swagman 6,700 7 0.10% 19 days China
TOTAL     39,269 30 0.08%    
2018
Date of ExportPort of ExportVesselNumber of CattleNumber of MortalitiesPercentage MortalityVoyage LengthDestination
9 April Napier Gudali Express 3,300 3 0.09% 15 Days China
9 July Timaru Ganado Express 3,678 0 0.00% 18 days China
13 November Napier Gudali Express 3,810 3 0.08% 17 days China
5 December Timaru Gloucester Express 3,671 2 0.05% 17 days China
TOTAL     14,459 8 0.06%    
2017
Date of ExportPort of ExportVesselNumber of CattleNumber of MortalitiesPercentage MortalityVoyage LengthDestination
1 February Napier Awassi Express 4,431 2 0.05% 16 days China 
18 April Napier Ocean Ute 2,000 6 0.30% 25 days Sri Lanka
27 April Napier Gudali Express 3,153 1 0.03% 16 days China
16 May Napier Finola 515 0 0.00% 11 days Papua New Guinea
15 July Timaru Bison Express 3,068 2 0.07% 19 days China
22 July Napier Ocean Drover 6,600 7 0.11% 13 days China
4 August Napier Gelbray Express 3,328 0 0.00% 18 days China
September Napier Gudali Express 4,200 1 0.02% 16 days China
TOTAL     27,295 19 0.07%    
2016
Date of ExportPort of ExportVesselNumber of CattleNumber of MortalitiesPercentage MortalityVoyage LengthDestination
24 February Napier Girolando Express 3,203 2 0.06% 16 days China 
1 April Timaru Dareen 4,945 4 0.08% 21 days China
16 April Napier Galloway Express 2,823 2 0.07% 16 days China 
22 April Napier Gloucester Express 2,412 1 0.04% 15 days China 
18 May Napier Falconia 650 0 0.00% 21 days Philippines
6 August Napier Ocean Drover 8,000 0 0.00% 18 days China
18 October Napier Greyman Express 4,163 5 0.12% 16 days China
9 November Timaru Girolando Express 4,295 2 0.05% 18 days China
21 November Timaru Ganado Express 3,884 1 0.03% 17 days China
16 November Napier Bison Express 3,111 5 0.16% 18 days China
4 December Napier Galloway Express 2,735 1 0.04% 18 days China
TOTAL     40,221 23 0.06%    
2015
Date of ExportPort of ExportVesselNumber of CattleNumber of MortalitiesPercentage MortalityVoyage LengthDestination
23 January Napier Falconia 1,877 34* 1.81% 21 days China
4 April Napier Girolando Express 3,200 2 0.06% 14 days Vietnam
27 May Napier Holstein Express 1,567 0 0.00% 14 days Philippines
11 June Timaru Nada 3,224 1 0.03% 15 days Mexico
13 June Napier Falconia 1,976 0 0.00% 24 days China
9 July Napier Ocean Outback 4,381 2 0.05% 18 days China
15 August Timaru Finola 1,170 4 0.34% 28 days China
26 October Napier Ganado Express 3,791 5 0.13% 15 days China
TOTAL     21,186 48 0.23%    
*Comment: 32 of the 34 cattle died due to acidosis and other metabolic conditions as a result of overfeeding of concentrates.       

Post-arrival reports required

Since April 2019 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has required that a report on the welfare of exported livestock during the 30 days after arrival at the destination is completed for all shipments of livestock by sea that require an Animal Welfare Export Certificate (AWEC).

Reports should be submitted by the exporter to MPI within 60 days of the vessel arriving at the destination.

MPI assesses past reports when considering any future applications for an AWEC.

Post-arrival report summaries – live cattle exports

A summary of consignments of cattle exported by sea since April 2019 showing the mortality rates during the first 30 days after arrival of the animals in the destination country.

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2021
Date of export

Destination

Date of arrival

Number of cattle at arrival

Number of mortalities

Percentage mortality

8 January  China 29 January 3,995 3 0.08%
22 January  China 9 February  4,406 3 0.07%
TOTAL     8,401 6 0.07%
2020
Date of export

Destination

Date of arrival

Number of cattle at arrival

Number of mortalities

Percentage mortality

1 February China 20 February 3,730 0 0.00%
5 February China 21 February 3,519 0 0.00%
8 March China 28 March 3,347 0 0.00%
19 March China 6 April 3,306 2 0.06%
23 March China 10 April 4,443 4 0.09%
18 April China 4 May 3,653 2 0.05%
22 April China 7 May 4,398 10 0.23%
9 July China 26 July 5,996 3 0.05%
11 July China 31 July 7,287 7 0.10%
22 July China 11 August 3,991 4 0.10%
4 August China 20 August 13,990 3 0.02%
19 August China 5 September 5,733 14 0.24%
25 August China 14 September 6,844 6 0.09%

8 November

China

26 November

7,923

6

0.08%

9 November

China

28 November

6,126

6

0.10%

16 November

China

3 December

4,652

3

0.06%

19 November

China

7 December

4,855

6

0.12%

20 December  China 8 January 2021 5,761 7 0.12%
22 December  China 12 January 2021 4372 5 0.11%
TOTAL     103,926 88 0.08%
2019
Date of export

Destination

Date of arrival

Number of cattle at arrival

Number of mortalities

Percentage mortality

15 April

China

30 April

3,297

6

0.18%

21 April

China

9 May

2,409

8

0.33%

4 August

China

22 August

5,397

8

0.15%

17 September

China

5 October

3,980

0

0.00%

4 October

China

19 October

3,789

0

0.00%

17 October

China

4 November

3,309

1

0.03%

9 November China 25 November 3,977 0 0.00%
27 December China 15 January 2020 6,693 0 0.00%

TOTAL

 

 

32,851

23

0.07%

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Who to contact

If you have questions about voyage reports or exporting live animals, email animalexports@mpi.govt.nz

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