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·         Destined for Brazil, breeding pigs first load ever shipped from STL

·         Pigs fly at St. Louis airport



Destined for Brazil, breeding pigs first load ever shipped from STL

Livestock Export and Inspection Facility at St. Louis-Lambert is only on-site 24/7 livestock palletizing facility in the United States.


Source: National Center for Beef Excellence

via National Hog Farmer - Nov 12, 2020


A shipment of breeding pigs from Henderson, Tenn. took off for Sao Paulo, Brazil Wednesday representing the first load to utilize the Livestock Export and Inspection Facility at St. Louis-Lambert. The LEIF-STL facility has been approved as a Port of Embarkation and Export Inspection Facility since 2017, but recent focus by a number of entities including the State of Missouri has brought success.


The National Center for Beef Excellence secured a Missouri Agriculture Small Business Development Authority grant to lend assistance to STL and the Midwest Cargo Hub Commission in standing-up and promoting the facility.


"This is exciting progress for the state and shows that Missouri's strong agricultural industry continues to power our economy. Missouri has long worked to push agricultural technology forward. What we are seeing today is how Missouri innovations and infrastructure are allowing us to market the industry to the world in a new way. We will continue to advocate for Missouri industries as we work to grow our economy and showcase all our state has to offer," says Governor Mike Parson.


The LEIF-STL is an 18,000-square-foot customizable facility designed for shipping livestock and horses. It has an adjacent 12,000-square-foot open bay which will be used for the partial plane load to Brazil. The shipment to Brazil is the first of many hoped for overseas exports. There are currently three more potential loads that are being organized for shipment out of St. Louis in the near future.


LEIF-STL is the only on-site 24/7 livestock palletizing facility in the United States and is uniquely situated to provide service to livestock exporters. Within six hours exists a six-state livestock-rich supply area: Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.


Missouri and the Midwest are poised to provide advanced genetics to countries around the world. Due to African swine fever much of the world's swine herd has been depleted, including up to 70% of China's swine population. The Midwest can play a significant role in helping to avoid or mitigate a world-wide protein shortage. Missouri's strong livestock presence and the availability of this facility can place it on the map for future exports...





Pigs fly at St. Louis airport


J.B. Forbes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nov 12, 2020


ST. LOUIS — Officials at St. Louis Lambert International Airport said Thursday they have added livestock as a new source of air cargo.


On Wednesday, about 200 breeding pigs departed the airport for Viracopos International Airport located near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The pigs left the airport aboard a Boeing 747-400F.


“We continue to work on establishing STL as an effective and preferred animal embarkation point,” Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, airport director, said in a news release.


She said the successful flight was the result of an effort initiated by the airport, its air cargo consultant and Midwest Cargo Hub Commission nearly seven years ago...