Posts Tagged ‘Importing Goats From Australia’

REVISITING BOER BOK STUD

We will soon be getting to follow up on our last visit to Boer Bok Stud in WA Australia. Beth, Alan and Peter were very kind and generous enough to offer us some of their Boers to help improve our bloodlines here in Sarawak. The visit to them in Busselton was a real eye opener and an excellent learning experience. I got to watch their Boers eating leisurely on their green pastures while it was raining and it was very cold! The opposite would happen here in East Malaysia. They would be bleating and running for the goat houses at the slightest sign of rain.

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Happy Doe’s

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Very Nice Example Of A Red Boer Buck

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More Happy Expecting Doe’s

IMPORTING GOATS FROM AUSTRALIA

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The purchase price of your goats from Australia is only a portion of the total landed cost of goats into Sarawak. Because some of these costs are fixed, whether you import one or many goats, it is and can be much cheaper to put together a larger order, rather than just a few heads. Therefore it is always a good idea to combine your shipment with other farmers to make up the numbers large enough to make it less costly on average. There are other costs that have to be considered and added to the final cost of the shipment.

Your ‘responsibilitie’s as the buyer or importer are usually as follows.

  • Faxing these permits to the exporter
  • Any fees incurred at your Airport
  • Payment 100% prior to shipment unless otherwise agreed
  • Collection of animals at Airport
  • Clearance of Customs at Airport
  • Total responsibility of animals once the aircraft lands
  • Insurance of all animals
  • Clearing agent costs
  • Transport of goats from Airport to your Farm

Delays caused by you the consignee due to permit arrival or payment delay may incur a further charges for adjisment or flight charges

For most part the costs of the Goat is usually less than the costs of getting them over unless the numbers are big enough to use a specialized livestock air freighter. The cost of the actual Goat will also depend on the breed, bloodlines and quality you are seeking. Make sure that you have some photographs of the actual animals and they (if you require them) have ‘pedigree papers’ or are registered animals, registered as with their respective breed associations and/or clubs.

These are some of the responsibilities of the Australian farm or seller if they are not involved in the exporting itself.

  • Selection of Goats to meet all specifications for you the purchaser.
  • Ear tagging of all Animals for export
  • Protocol management on Isolation farm including all feeding costs etc
  • Labour on blood test farm to handle animals
  • Yards to handle goats and/or treatments
  • Labour to load animals onto the Truck to Airport
  • Trucking from selection Farm to isolation farm
  • Pregnancy testing of Animals as and if required
  • Isolation for up to 7 days is required prior to export to Sarawak
  • Weighing of animals and advising of weights to export agent
  • Supply and application of internal Worming treatments
  • Supply and application of external parasite treatment
  • Tag list of all animals same day as completion of blood test.
  • Veterinary labour expense at blood test/Isolation farm
  • Supply and application of vaccinations
  • Blood test expense for all animals i.e. lab expense
  • Trucking from isolation Farm to Airport for flight
  • Disinfection of truck for transport to flight

Please be aware that a registered animal will usually costs more as the exercise to register the animal with the respective associations also includes a fee payable. You must also be aware that there has been occasions where the goats arrived with registration papers but these were just that, registration papers of that particular goat and no mention or info of the pedigree. There has also been experiences where the goats arrived with pedigree papers but were printed forms with the linage on the farms ‘letterhead’. Registered papers as in a printed record on the farm letterhead is best avoided unless you have had agreed to this prior to your order. Be careful as you might also go through the unpleasant experience of finding that ‘papers’ don’t match with ear tags and even color and age. And of course there will always be those arrivals that came without their promised registration papers.

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Example Of Certificate Of Registration

You must do some homework in terms of the farm location too. Some farms are AQIS certified to act as a quarantine facility which will save you some money instead of having them shipped to an AQIS certified facility. Care must be taken also to look into the location of the farm, Australia is a very big place and some farms are located hundreds and hundreds of kilometers from the nearest international airport. You also have to consider where in Australia in the first place. Western Australia is much nearer. A good export agent will be of much help in advising you and at most times will be able to recommend you a good reputable farm.

The responsibilities of the export agent are usually as follows.

  • Vet instructions for first treatment
  • Vet instructions for final Treatments
  • AQIS inspection prior to flight at farm or at airport
  • IATA specs air travel crates
  • Flight management of entire process
  • Post selection to arrival at foreign Airport
  • Export license fee and applicable processes
  • Audit processes as applicable
  • Export tag fees to DAFF
  • Prepare AWB and fax across to you, the customer for pre-clearance.
  • Flight space and freight expense Australia to Sarawak airport

Make sure that you insist on and get an invoice that states very clearly the amount due, terms and conditions. Every verbal ‘promise’ and ‘adjustments’ must followed up in black and white as in with emails or actual documents. As a precautionary measure here I would suggest that you make separate arrangements for payment, keep it separate from the farm/seller and export agent unless you have agreed to combine payment to the seller. It usually takes the export agent one week to make the arrangement from the date your goats have been vet checked and certified to travel. You must allocate enough time to make the payment arrangements via TT. Although Western Union is almost immediate but it might be a hassle for the Australian side as it requires locating a western union agent there more so in the rural areas. Make sure you clear any and all due payment (unless otherwise agreed) before the actual set date for the vet inspection at the seller’s farm. Once this has been done the export agent will make the flight bookings and usually both Malaysian Airlines Kargo and Malaysian Airlines ‘6 Star‘ Animal Hotel will call you to confirm that you are receiving it. Please note that last minute cancellations are sometimes unavoidable and can range from MAS downgrading their aircraft to the shipper purposely stalling for time to combine your shipment with another. Speaking from experience you will also come across export agents that claim to have a groom accompany the shipment. They will insist that a groom (which will also mean a substantial additional markup on your invoice) is needed to look into the needs of the goats during the flight. At most time a groom is not needed. The flight will usually not take more than a total of 14 hours including a short stopover in KLIA before connecting to East Malaysia. Other than that the Malaysian Airlines Animal Hotel will always look into the needs of your Goats during the stopover.

If you encounter any problems you can lodge a complaint with the Australian Commission, the Australian Federal Police or the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. However do not expect them to act very fast on your complain, if any. Good Luck!

BOER'S SETTLING DOWN

The Boer’s are settling down nicely after the long trip from last Friday. There was some panic when i could only find 1 buck amongst the mob when there was supposed to be 2!

One of the Bucks had his ear tags on the wrong ear, right side are for Doe’s and left side for Bucks. Just shows you that sometimes ‘professionals’ in Australia can mess up too.

There was a plan to let the Doe’s rest and acclimatise themselves to the weather, feed and such before mating. Personally i figured it would be at least a dew weeks before the Doe’s became ‘frisky’ but that all changed this evening when i noticed 5 of them suddenly becoming just that with the teaser buck.

IMPORTING FROM AUSTRALIA

This is in response to an email received which asked about the responsibilities for various parties concerned in importing from Australia. Here is a general outline.

WE THE AUSTRALIAN SELLER

  • We will meet all the specifications of the purchaser.
  • Ear Tagging of all Animals for export – different to farm tags to save confusion – not on Slaughter Protocol
  • Management on Isolation farm including all feeding costs etc (as directed by Shipper and/or Client)
  • Labour on blood test farm to handle animals yards to handle goats for initial bleed and/or treatments
  • Labour to load animals onto the Truck to Airport
  • Truck from Selection Farm to Isolation Farm (should be NIL if located at ISOLATION farm already)
  • Pregnancy testing of Animals as/if and when required
  • Isolation for up to 7 days if required prior to Export Weighing of Animals and advising of weights to Shipper
  • Supply and application of internal Worming treatments
  • Supply and application of External Parasite treatment
  • Tag list of all animals same day as completion of blood test.
  • Veterinary Labour Expense and Blood test at Isolation farm
  • Supply and application of Vaccinations with Glanvac 6 and Amoxicillin/Oxytetracycline as required
  • Blood test expense for all animals i.e. Lab Expense (additional if on breeder protocol)
  • Truck From Isolation farm to Airport for flight
  • Disinfection of Truck for transport to flight

SHIPPER (OR WE)

  • Approval of Holding Farm for export as holding facility
  • Vet Instructions for First treatment
  • Vet Instructions for Final Treatments
  • AQIS inspection prior to flight at farm or at airport
  • Travel Crates for the Flight Management/Guidance of entire process post selection to arrival at foreign airport
  • Export License fee and applicable processes – and audit processes as applicable Export Tag fees to DAFF
  • Groom to accompany animals to foreign Airport and to assist in unloading and delivery
  • Prepare AWB and fax across to the customer for pre-clearance.
  • Flight space and freight expense Australia to Foreign airport

YOU THE CLIENT

  • Any fees incurred at airport of Destination in relation to loading of trucks and customs clearance
  • Any fees incurred at airport of Destination delivery from Airport to destination farm
  • Payment 100% SEVEN days prior to shipment
  • Collection of animals at airport of Destination
  • Clearance of Customs at Airport of Destination
  • Import Permit from Ministry of Agriculture 7 days prior to export (this is only valid for 30 -60 days generally)
  • Total responsibility of animals once the aircraft lands at the destination airport. Insurance of all animals from time of selection to time of unloading of aircraft

NOTE – Delays caused by you, the consignee due to permit arrival or payment delay – will and may incur further charges for adjisment or flight charges