New Laws for Transporting Livestock

AUSTRALIA - New national standards and guidelines for the transport of livestock are being progressively rolled out from 1 July this year, bringing consistency to the way livestock are transported nationally and aiming to ensure good welfare practices for all livestock journeys.
calendar icon 31 May 2012
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Meat & Livestock Australia

The laws apply to 12 species of animals – including cattle, sheep and goats.

The standards were developed in consultation with government, peak industry councils, welfare groups and the public, under the support of the Animal Welfare and Product Integrity Taskforce. The laws will be regulated by State and Territory governments.

The standards are expected to be introduced in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory from 1 July. The rollout is set to continue later this year in NSW and in 2013 for Western Australia and Queensland.

The standards and guidelines cover the transport of livestock by road and rail, and by livestock transport vehicles aboard a ship.

MLA has produced a revised edition of the guide Is it fit to load? to assist livestock producers in selecting animals fit to transport. It includes the updated transport guidelines.

Download the revised Is it fit to load? guide

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