Rural Export and Trading (WA) Pty Ltd RETWA advised the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment, as the industry’s regulator, of an incident that occurred at an Omani importer’s feedlot on Friday Night 29th April 2022. Once the circumstances were ascertained, the exporter immediately self-reported the incident to DAWE on 2 May 2022.
Feedlot staff were overpowered by a large group of people seeking to purchase sheep for the Eid Il Fitr Festival.
Before control of the situation could be established a number of sheep were removed from the facility. Currently approximately 60 sheep are unaccounted for. Priority is being given to determining how many via stocktake to be undertaken by the exporters representative due to arrive within hours.
There were no serious injuries reported amongst the staff of the facility.
Local Police were immediately contacted by the importer, attended the feedlot and are currently investigating.
We are extremely disappointed this incident has occurred, as it would have been incredibly distressing for feedlot staff and the livestock at the facility.
Our investigation is ongoing, and all information will be provided to the DAWE accordingly.
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