|18 - 31 December 2023
|Total 2023/24 harvest**
|Viterra total receivals*
|Western region receivals
|Central region receivals
|Eastern region receivals
Growers delivered over 329,000 tonnes to Viterra over the last fortnight with wheat the major commodity. The Eastern region took the majority of deliveries with over 193,000 tonnes received during the festive season.
This takes Viterra’s total receivals for the season to over 5,411,000 tonnes.
Viterra General Manager Operations, Gavin Cavanagh says while the season is starting to wrap up, the company is still working with growers to receive their grain safely and efficiently.
“We saw some severe weather over the festive period that slowed deliveries at some sites, including localised thunder and lightning activity. We supported our grower customers to deliver when it was safe to do so, including offering extended hours at affected sites,” Gavin says.
“We’re continuing to offer services and segregations at sites in the later areas where our grower customers are still harvesting to support them as they finish.
“Thank you to our grower customers for their ongoing support. We’ve had some great positive feedback from growers on how their season has gone and the service we provided this harvest which is a credit to our permanent and ongoing employees and harvest workers.”
Viterra Supply Chain Manager, Derek Robjohns says Viterra’s employees continued loading vessels across five of the company’s six export terminals over the Christmas period.
“We loaded close to 350,000 tonnes onto vessels during the past two weeks, loading at Thevenard, Port Lincoln, Wallaroo, Inner Harbour and Outer Harbor,” Derek says.
“The weather we experienced created some challenges for shipping, but our employees have done a fantastic job working through loading vessels as efficiently as possible when conditions are safe.
“We’ve now loaded over 1.68 million tonnes onto vessels across our six port terminals for the 2023/24 season, as we connect local growers’ grain with international markets.
“Our exports have also been facilitated by our road and rail logistics partners across southern Australia.”
Southern Australian growers’ grain has headed to 19 countries from Viterra’s ports so far this season.
“Of the vessels we have loaded, a large number have been destined for China and a significant amount of this grain loaded has been barley,” Derek says.
“It’s been fantastic to see barley exports to China return since the country’s removal of its tariff on the commodity last year. We look forward to continuing exports to international destinations as we carry out our busy booked shipping schedule.
“Thank you to our employees who worked hard over the Christmas and New Year period supporting grower deliveries and shipping.”
Thank you for keeping up to date with the harvest at Viterra. This will be the last 2023/24 weekly harvest report. We will release our monthly receivals report in the week commencing 5 February 2024.
* This data is subject to variation due to individual site operations and the timing of reports.
** The total 2023/24 data includes grain received into Viterra’s storage and handling network since 25 September 2023.