WELLARD Rural Exports is doing its bit to rebuild the live cattle trade with Indonesia by sending the biggest cattle shipment out of Australia ever.
Wellard's vessel, the Ocean Shearer, left from Townsville, Queensland, last week and was due to arrive in Darwin on Tuesday to load 24,500 head of cattle all for Indonesia.
The shipment is anticipated to be a record for a live cattle shipment from Australia after the previous record was set in July 2008 also by Wellard.
This shipment comprised 23,372 head of cattle, while the record before that was October 2007 where Wellard loaded 22,184 head of cattle.
Wellard Rural Exports managing director Steve Meerwald said there was 6500 cattle loaded in Townsville, with the remainder to go on in Darwin.
"There is another exporter involved in the same shipment, so there are other issues which still need to come together first," Mr Meerwald said.
"But it only just occurred to me when we were discussing Townsville that the shipment may break some records.
"It won't break any records by weight because these are light cattle but certainly by number."
He said the shipment was the maximum Wellard could transport at any one time.
He said Wellard was still aiming to get as many cattle away as it could before the end of the year.
"Originally we were planning on getting 120,000 head to Indonesia and I think we are looking at about 90,000 head to Indonesia at this stage," he said
"The shipment should reach its maximum capacity of 24,500 head."
Mr Meerwald said the Ocean Shearer was due to arrive in Indonesia some time this weekend.