Berrimah Export Yards

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The pioneering of regular cattle shipments from Darwin to South East Asia in the 1970s prompted the Northern Territory Government to gift the cattle industry a site of land at Berrimah to build pre-export yards.

The land was given to support the further development of the live cattle trade and coincided with the establishment of the NTLEA in 1980 as a not-for-profit industry organisation to oversee the facility and promote the industry’s interests. It initially served as a holding depot for export cattle and buffalo prior to their shipment from Darwin’s old Stokes Hill Wharf.

The Berrimah Export Yards site has evolved over the decades and is now on the doorstep of the East Arm Wharf, which opened in 2000.

A collaboration between the NTLEA and the NT Government delivered a major $5 million upgrade of the facility in 2018, with the construction of two Entegra Ridgeback sheds providing undercover, year-round capacity for 4000 head of cattle.

The NTLEA-owned facility averages an annual throughput of more than 50,000 livestock and is sought-after by industry and government as a showpiece for the modern livestock export industry. Accordingly, the Berrimah Export Yards regularly hosts interstate and international visitors, as well as school tours and industry training courses.

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NTLEA CEO Tom Dawkins at the Berrimah Export Yards.