Sunday, 26 May 2019 Sydney

Al Messilah sheep welfare ensured in Adelaide::

The federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has been advised that the live animal export vessel “Al Messilah” cannot be repaired quickly and the owner has now decided to begin unloading approximately 67,000 sheep at Port Adelaide tomorrow, Friday, 19 August 2011.

The sheep remain in good condition and the welfare of the animals continues to be given the highest priority. The sheep have ongoing access to feed, water and veterinary care.

Australian quarantine veterinarians will supervise the unloading and movement of the sheep to an approved feedlot nearby.

The sheep will be held under strict quarantine conditions pending their re-export or processing within Australia.

At the feedlot, the sheep will receive daily official animal health inspections.

Strict biosecurity measures will be in place during the unloading, transportation and housing of the animals.

DAFF has been working closely with South Australian authorities to ensure sound animal welfare and biosecurity arrangements are in place.
18 Aug 2011.