As sheep arrive from farms into quarantine feedlots, they are inspected against the buying requirements. Any sheep not suitable are immediately removed and rejected from the export consignment. Any rejected sheep are marked, treated if required, and kept separate from the other sheep in quarantine.
After receival into the quarantine feedlot, sheep will be drafted (separated) into groups based on weights, sex, and breed so ‘like with like’ sheep are together. This is required for careful planning and preparation of the vessel load plan. During drafting any sheep with wool length longer than 20 – 25mm will be removed and shorn. The drafting process also allows for further separation of any sheep not suitable for export.
Sheep are kept in their drafted lines in sheds or paddocks and provided access to the same feed they will be provided on the vessel.