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Cattle imports arrive ahead of expected rise in demand

Lyna Mohamad

The first shipment of live cattle for the year, imported by PDS Abattoir Sdn Bhd (PDS) to meet the livestock demand during Ramadhan and the Hari Raya festivities, arrived in at the Muara Port on Saturday.

The cattle shipped from Australia aboard the Nine Eagle were directly transported to PDS’ abattoir in Kampong Batang Mitus the same day.

It marked the first shipment of the year since challenges arose to meet demand over the past few months due to the shortage of cattle supply from Australia as well as increased cost of importation, said PDS.

While alternative solutions were in place, such as the importation of live cattle from Sabah, challenges in terms of logistics and limited availability of resources made it difficult to obtain the required number of cattle within the specified period, said the company.

PDS said it has imported and received sufficient livestock for the peak periods of Ramadhan and Hari Raya festivities and is also making arrangements to cover the additional public demand for Korban.

Cattle being loaded for transportation to PDS’s abattoir. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD