Meat and Livestock Australia says new national standards for transporting livestock will be introduced around the country by July.
The new standards have been slowly rolled out around Australia since the NT and SA started in August 2012, and QLD will implement the guidelines by July to bring all states and territories into line.
“The standards apply to all people responsible for the care and management of livestock that are transported throughout the entire process and covers land transport of livestock by road, rail and vehicle on board a ship,” MLA said in a statement.
“Livestock transport begins when animals are off feed and water and concludes when they have access to water at the end of their journey, including mustering and assembly; handling and waiting periods prior to loading; loading, journey duration, travel conditions, spelling periods; and unloading and holding time.”
The standards were developed in consultation with government, industry councils, welfare groups and the public, and the MLA said its updated documentation would serve as a practical guide to the changes.