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MLA launches transport hub to help cart livestock

The MLA has launched its Transport hub to guide operators on how to best carry livestock around Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has announced it is has launched a new transport hub to help guide operators in carting livestock around the nation.

Launched at the combined Queensland and Australian Livestock Transporters’ Associations’ National Conference in Toowoomba in March, the hub acts as a one-stop shop for livestock transport information.

The MLA Transport hub was developed in consultation with the livestock transport supply chain and helps to navigate rules, roles and responsibilities for livestock transport anywhere in Australia.

MLA project manager animal wellbeing and rural transporter Sharon Dundon says the hub is a proactive and collaborative effort to help everyone in the supply chain understand how to prepare livestock correctly for transport.

“We met with transporters, agents, lot feeders and producers in 2023 to find out how we can continue to improve the livestock transport process,” Dundon says.

“There was united agreement in the need for a central location for livestock transport information leading to the development of the Transport hub.”

The hub includes information on transporting cattle, sheep and goats by road in Australia, with specific advice on different classes of animals and links to other relevant sites.

“We will continue to refine the hub as we receive feedback from users. We want it to be relevant, easy to access and useful for people needing to transport livestock every day,” Dundon says.

Vice president of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Athol Carter says the hub demonstrates how supply chain parties are getting on the front foot and working together for the best outcomes for animals in their care.

“Transporting and handling livestock is a specialist task and one which the whole supply chain relies on to be performed safely, efficiently and professionally,” Carter says.

“Well planned and managed livestock transport delivers the best results for people and animals, higher profits and ensures the sustainability of the industry.

“The Transport hub is going to be especially valuable in helping producers understand how they can work with transporters and the rest of the supply chain to achieve best practice.”

Using new and existing resources, the hub equips producers with tools to identify and implement best practice in dispatching and receiving stock, including the latest industry trends, hands on practical advice and scientific research.

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