Cattle ship sits and waits
THOUSANDS of cattle are being held in feedlots after being unable to leave via Portland for China due to issues complying with that country’s import requirements.
About 5000 dairy heifers were scheduled to depart the Port of Portland last month aboard the Yangtze Fortune, which has been sitting in Portland Bay waiting for a clearance to come through.
Port of Portland chief executive Greg Tremewen said the ship arrived on August 3 but had not been allowed to berth because the correct paperwork wasn’t in order.
“We don’t bring ships in until all documentation is in place,” he said.
Beef industry sources report the cattle have remained in a pre-export quarantine feedlot near Portland due to ear tag discrepancies.
Under the National Livestock Identification System for cattle, ear tags are used for traceability from property of birth through to slaughter.