Michael Hill, Viterra Operations Manager said it’s the first time Viterra has loaded a 100-wagon train to service interstate demand for South Australian grain.
Viterra has loaded its largest single rail outturn in response to domestic and international demand.
The 100-wagon train loaded with barley from Viterra’s Crystal Brook, Snowtown, and Gladstone sites, is headed for interstate feedlots.
Hill said the interstate service has effectively doubled the size of a typical rail movement, reflecting the fast rate that South Australian grain is moving.
“We have around 40 buyers in the Viterra system purchasing grain for the domestic and export market, and we’ve seen a significant increase in shipping and rail outturns compared to this time last year,” Hill said.
In addition to the 100-wagon train, Viterra has loaded a further six domestic-bound trains during the same week from sites in its central region with wheat, barley, and canola.
“We’re also continuing to service strong export demand, outturning grain by vessels through our port terminals to various international buyers and markets,” Hill said.
All six of Viterra’s port terminals across the state are loading vessels over March and April with wheat, barley, and canola headed to a range of domestic and export markets.
“We are focused on working with buyers to make it as easy as possible for them to continue accessing grain through the Viterra network and getting it to where they need it,” Hill said.