Once all sheep are drafted into lines, the numbers are used to calculate a load plan for the vessel. The load plan is followed closely by Australian stock-people as sheep arrive at the wharf and the vessel is loaded. The load plan is carefully calculated based on specific vessel factors, sheep factors, and according to the regulatory requirements.
All voyages to the Middle East require the load plan coincides with a Heat Stress Risk Assessment (HSRA). This HSRA model has been used by the industry for many years to predict and avoid heat stress events. If the time of year and certain sheep are at risk the vessel will be destocked or those classes of sheep will not be exported.