Murray McCully’s dodgy sheep deal is getting mucky. Now it turns out that not only was the Saudi businessman compensated but the sheep exported to Saudi on a Singapore Airlines flight were actually bought from the Saudi businessman in the first place, so he scored again.
Nearly 200 of the pregnant ewes flown to Saudi Arabia to stock an agri-business hub were bought by taxpayers from the same businessman the Government gave them to as part of a multi-million dollar deal.
A total of 900 pregnant awassi breed ewes were flown to Saudi Arabia for a “pilot research breeding programme” on a farm owned by Hamood Al Ali Al Khalaf in October 2014.
A spokeswoman for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise – one of the agencies involved in setting up the farm – said 195 were awassi ewes from Mathews Station in central Hawke’s Bay, which is owned by Awassi NZ.
The rest of the sheep were bought from private on-farm sales and through an auction system.
Brownrigg, as lead provider, was responsible for that, NZTE said.
Al Khalaf’s Awassi NZ Land Holdings company owns nearly a quarter – 24.9 per cent – of Brownrigg Agriculture Group. Read more »