40,500 heads of sheep from Spain cleared

Two consignments containing 40,500 heads of sheep arrived at the Jeddah Islamic Port here a couiple of days ago, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture as announcing Saturday.

This brings the total number of heads of livestock cleared since April 1 to 134,101, within the efforts of the ministry to support the local market and maintain price stability, the report said.

The first ship arrived from the Spanish port of Cartagina with 21,000 heads of livestock on board, while the second vessel carried 19,500 heads coming from the same port.

Immediately veterinary checkups were conducted on the two consignments to make sure they were safe health-wise. Also, blood samples were taken and sent to the laboratory to ensure that the livestock were free of any epidemic diseases.

All the quarantine measures were imposed on the imported sheep, as per the Veterinary Quarantine Regulation (Law) for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and its executive bylaw in the Kingdom. Hence, the consignments were cleared, the ministry said.