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New Zealand to end livestock exports by sea

The decision is due to animal welfare concerns

Reuters – New Zealand said April 14 it will stop the export of livestock by sea following a transition period of up to two years, citing animal welfare concerns for a decision that will affect major trading partners including Australia and China. The ban was welcomed by animal welfare groups, but the peak farming industry

“We need to continue looking at the data and at some of the ongoing studies that are happening to ensure that whatever is recommended for industry is accurate... ” – Carson McCallum, Manitoba Beef Producers.

Rest stop benefits for livestock fail to stand out

Preconditioning calves did more for reducing transport stress than rest stops, according to second-year results of a closely watched study

Beef producers say the second-year results of a three-year study on animal stress and rest during transport support their arguments against last year’s federal regulation changes. Why it matters: The beef sector is hoping that results from a study on livestock transport stress might convince the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to soften transport regulation changes


New shipping regulations might not match up with the research on animal welfare.

Early research shows no benefit of rest stops to livestock

First-year data out of an AAFC-led study seems to support the sector’s argument that rest stops would not increase animal welfare

The beef sector is hoping new data will help make the case to soften new animal transportation regulations that are currently officially in force, but are being slowly phased in. The rules came into force February 20, and include controversial changes to mandatory rest stops the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) argued will improve animal

Manitoba Beef Producers says new livestock transport regulations will hit this province the hardest.

Beef producers not backing down on livestock transport regs

Beef producers have four months until new transport regulations come into force

Beef producers are still fighting transport regulations that they say will cut off trade of live cattle. Livestock transportation will look very different when new regulations come into effect next February. The livestock sector was given one year to comply with new humane transport regulations, published by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in February 2019.

Livestock transportation is among the issues to be codified under a new funding arrangement.

Animal care code updates gain funding

This includes the livestock transport code which has been condemned for being out of date

The National Farmed Animal Care Council (NFACC) will receive up to $4.56 million from the Canadian Agriculture Partnership to update important livestock care codes including the controversial animal transport one. The funding was announced by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and will also be used by NFACC to update its dairy and goat care codes and


Beef producers say new transportation regulations may actually harm animal welfare. 

Beef industry blasts new transport regs, but pork and chicken say OK

New regulations have shortened trips between rest stops and expanded the definition of ‘unfit’ or ‘compromised’ animals among other changes, but not everyone in the livestock sector is impressed

Animals will have less time between stops under new federal transportation rules, but the cattle industry says the changes may actually miss the mark on animal welfare. Both the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Manitoba Beef Producers have accused the federal government of ignoring its own research and argue that the overwhelming majority of cattle arrive

Product for reducing shrink worth considering

Product for reducing shrink worth considering

Beef 911: A feed supplement that counteracts dehydration offers animal welfare benefits and an economic return

We all know that when handling, transport­ing and shipping cattle, stress is increased and weight loss and carcass changes occur. A new, or should I say reintroduced product, is back on the market after having been shelved by Agriculture Canada for many years. The product is called DeStress and is currently being marketed by a

These animals will weigh less at the end of their journey. But how much weight they lose will depend on how they were treated.

Think about shrink, say livestock experts

Training your cattle to stay calm and properly preparing them for the stress 
of transport pays big dividends

Practising low-stress handling techniques has its benefits — it may actually help reduce shrink during transportation. “It’s about how we set animals up to interact with humans — any time you interact with them you’re training them how to respond and what to expect from humans,” said Christy Goldhawk who did her doctorate work on


CFIA expects the livestock industry won’t find any surprises in proposed amendments to humane livestock transportation regulations.

CFIA proposes new humane livestock transport regulations

The proposed regulations cover everything from assessment of livestock’s fitness for transport to dealing with unfit and compromised animals and hot and cold weather

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has released proposed amendments to its humane livestock transportation regulations, the first significant update of rules that date back to 1997. The regulations are available for comments from farm and other organizations until Feb. 15. Livestock groups say they’re studying the lengthy documentation and would offer any suggestions by the

Date, destination and licence plate number, please.

Fines coming for not reporting pig shipments

It will no longer just be a warning for those who haven’t complied with 
regulations to report animal movements

You will soon face penalties if you ship pigs without reporting it. “There is a fine structure coming but there has not been a time confirmed yet,” said Jeff Clark, manager of PigTrace Canada, the national swine traceability program. Federal regulations to report pig movements took effect in July of 2014, requiring all shippers and