Meat and Livestock Australia release new ‘fit to load’ guide

The commonly used ‘Is it fit to load’ guide from Meat and Livestock Australia has recently been updated and renamed ‘Is the animal fit to load’. The guide was originally produced in 2012 to assist livestock producers and operators to meet their obligations under the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock. The content has been updated to include the following:

  • clear roles and responsibilities for consignors and transporters
  • clear checklists to assess whether an animal is fit to load
  • managing effluent
  • loading densities
  • requirements for transporting bobby calves
  • using firearms or captive bolt for euthanasia

The new guide has been endorsed by all red meat peak industry councils, Animal Health Australia, Dairy Australia, and other peak industry bodies throughout the value chain. This includes the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, the Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association, and the Australian Livestock Markets’ Association. (MLA, 2019)

The guide can be downloaded by visiting Meat Livestock Australia’s website.

Last updated: 28 September 2020

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