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A pioneer of live export

11 January 2018 City boy with the bug for the bush

For some people personal ambition and career interests take them on an unwaververing pathway through life but for others the journey is far less certain and results in many twists and turns as that mysterious force known as ‘something in the blood’ exerts its influence. For John Kaus the bug for the bush was already in his veins from his grandmother’s side of the family and her ownership of a rural property in Victoria.

However being born in Brisbane and going to school at Churchie in the 1960s, John didn’t become aware of his liking for the bush until he started visiting the homes of some of his classmates who boarded during term. THese school holiday ventures took him to Blackall and Warwick where a young Peter Wyatt from Rokeby was his best mate at the time.

SEALS and Yarra Corp announce partnership geared towards Asian livestock exports

10 November 2017 South East Asian Livestock Services (SEALS) has announced that Singapore’s Yarra Corporation (Yarra Corp) has taken up controlling stake in the company. The partnership aims to bring the Asian market closer together with Australian resources, and comes at a time when Australian livestock exporters are looking to the Chinese market for organic growth.

Under this new arrangement, Yarra Corp will provide new capital and participate in the business development of SEALS, which will retain its management team and continue trading in its existing markets under the same name. With a longstanding clientele predominantly based in Southeast Asia, SEALS will be able to capitalise on Yarra Corp’s new demand and distribution networks across China. This gives SEALS greater buying power during the sourcing of cattle, whilst spreading risk associated with market fluctuations and regulatory uncertainties.

Live Exports Resume from Port of Karumba

3 August 2016 LIVE cattle exporter South East Asia Livestock Services, has successfully loaded the MV Finola with 1750 Brahman breeding heifers at the Gulf of Carpentaria port of Karumba this week. The shipment marks the return of the live cattle trade to the small Queensland town, helping to allay fears about the future of the port which has been under a cloud since the closure of the Century Mine last year. The mine’s closure meant regular dredging of the port was under threat, but the channel has now been clear by the state-owned dredger, thanks to representations to the Queensland Government by local MP Robbie Katter.

Vietnamese agricultural complex ready to start processing first shipment of Australian cattle

20 October 2014 The first shipment of around 1,700 head arrived in late July and the cattle have spent the last few months gaining weight in Red Star's multi-million-dollar feedlot complex. Located in the Dak Lak Province, north-west of Nha Trang, Red Star has built from scratch an integrated farming system that includes a feedlot, abattoir and 1,500 hectares of nearby farmland to grow feed for the cattle. The company's first shipment of cattle from Australia was unloaded at the nearby port in Nha Trang, which was a first for SEALS.

Journey of the live export man

10 January 2014 John was born in Brisbane in 1954 and it was in Queensland’s capital where he spent both his primary and secondary school days, first at Coorparoo State School and then the Church of England Grammar School. It was this acquaintance with the bush that led John to diverge from his father’s chosen career – state politics – and instead complete a two-year certificate course in animal husbandry at the Emerald Pastoral College. These two years were to provide the kindling for the fiery passion John developed for not only working on the land, but with cattle.

Live Export industry achievers honoured

1 November 2013 The livestock export industry last night honoured two of its achievers, one who is making a mark in the early years of her career, and another reflecting on a lifetime of pioneering accomplishment in the trade. SEALS founder John Kaus was honoured with induction into the Livestock Export Industry’s Hall of Fame.