Producers must ensure they do everything they can to minimise livestock stress and contamination during assembly and transport. This includes:
To ensure that transportation is carried out in a safe and humane manner, it is important to keep detailed records.
As well as ensuring bobby calves are fit and strong enough for transport, producers must also meet specific requirements set out on the Bobby Calf LPA NVDs. This stipulates that bobby calves must be:
The timeframe for keeping records varies between LPA and the various State/Territory requirements. Therefore, keep records for whichever is the longest period:
Current LPA NVDs, electronic NVDs (eNVDs) and eDECs are available through your LPA account.
Animals that may have been exposed to physical contaminants such as broken needles, buckshot or wire need to be identified and the information shared with the buyer.
For the maximum period of time that each species can be held off water during transport, see Table 3 on page 15 of the ‘Is the Animal Fit to Load’ Guide . This period includes mustering and any time off water in yards, as well as the journey itself.
Note: these are maximum limits. Some animals may need additional access to water depending on their status (e.g. pregnant or young), environmental conditions (e.g. hot weather), stock condition, stocking density and journey length.
The transporter must ensure that the loading of animals into livestock crates adheres to appropriate penning density recommendations in order to minimise welfare risks.
Loading densities are primarily determined according to body weight (see Table 4 on page 17 of the ‘Is the Animal Fit to Load’ guide) but should also consider the following: species and class, wool or hair length, weather conditions, expected transport time, size and body condition, horn status and design and capacity of the pen/crate.