In consultation with a number of industry partners, the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) has drafted a “Stock Preparation Guide for Livestock Transport”. The Guide seeks to improve animal welfare by reducing the danger to animals that is caused by excessive effluent discharge when transporting livestock. It also seeks to reduce associated biosecurity hazards.
The ALRTA Guide complements the forthcoming Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - Land Transport of Livestock. This project seeks to reconcile welfare and production imperatives in a specific area that has been sometimes disputed.
The ALRTA Guide seeks to resolve this dispute, using the shared commitment of all parties to animal welfare outcomes as a means to drive a reframing of the ‘feed and water’ issue as a question of appropriate and effective ‘Stock Preparation’.