Ensure High Standards At Saleyards

AUSTRALIA - With the onset of the spring livestock selling season the Victorian Farmers Federation’s (VFF) Livestock Group has called on livestock producers to ensure all sheep, cattle and goats presented for sale are fit and healthy.
calendar icon 25 October 2010
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VFF Livestock President Chris Nixon said it was every farmer’s responsibility to ensure animal welfare standards were adhered to when transporting stock to, and holding stock within, saleyards.

“All farmers need to ensure their stock is fit to load before they leave the farm. This not only ensures that animal welfare goals are achieved but also offers the farmer the best opportunity to receive the highest returns possible for their stock,” Mr Nixon said.

“However animal welfare it is not just the responsibility of the famer. Everyone that is involved in the supply chain needs to remain vigilant to ensure animal welfare standards are maintained.

“I would remind farmers that there are some groups who are not sympathetic towards many farming practices and that are paying particular attention to saleyards and the animals that pass through them. I urge all farmers to do the right thing and not give these groups an opportunity to damage our industry’s reputation.

“I would encourage all farmers to access the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Is it Fit to Load? guide, developed in consultation with the livestock industry, to help decide if an animal is fit to be loaded for transport to saleyards, abattoirs, or any other destination,” Mr Nixon concluded.

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