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Take action to protect livestock from heat during transport

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Friday, 21. January 2022 - 11:30

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) reminds livestock transporters, farmers, sale yard and feedlot operators to take action to ensure the welfare of animals being transported during the ongoing heat wave.

Under the Animal Welfare Act (2002) a person responsible for a livestock animal undertaking a transport process must take reasonable steps to minimise the impact of extreme weather conditions on the livestock animal.

Failure to do so could result in a financial penalty.

DPIRD is closely monitoring conditions at saleyards around the State, as part of ongoing routine inspections that occur at all the major facilitates.

At this time of the year inspectors closely monitor penning conditions due to the increase in ambient temperature to ensure animals are not exposed to conditions that will impact on animal welfare.

Inspectors work with agents to ensure that the stock numbers within pens were set at an appropriate level for the prevailing weather conditions, to minimise potential heat stress to the animals.

DPIRD will continue to work with industry to ensure the best animal welfare outcomes.

 

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