Infrastructure plays an important role in supporting low-stress livestock handling and good animal welfare during livestock export. This manual, produced by LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), provides advice to inform decisions about the design and construction of livestock handling, yarding and slaughter infrastructure.
The manual contains plans, three-dimensional drawings, descriptive text and photos, including downloadable PDFs and computer-aided design (CAD) drawings. Designs cover all parts of the overseas supply chain for cattle, sheep and goats – including ports, farms, feedlots, trucks and abattoirs.
Extensive consultation was undertaken, and the manual takes into account issues including:
- The principles of low-stress stock handling and natural livestock behaviour
- Compliance with international animal welfare standards (particularly the World Organisation for Animal Health, the OIE)
- Compliance with Australian livestock export welfare standards (the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System)
- The high cost and scarcity of suitable land for livestock production and abattoirs in destination countries
- The best use of locally available construction and fabrication materials
- The need to be able to process local and imported cattle using the same facilities
- The safety of the people working in the facilities
- The colour and shelf life of the processed meat.
CAD drawings can be requested from the Project Manager - Live Export Research and Development at [email protected]