In the Have Your Say for the new ASEL, VALE discovered that the long held food requirements for cattle (2.5%) was inadequate for young dairy heifers (200-270kg). 3% minimum is required for this class of cattle. VALE was so concerned that it took the unusual step of writing to the Chief Veterinary Officer in addition to its ASEL submission.
Update: CVO response underwhelming and the Dept REDUCES the cattle food requirement to 2% for all cattle >250kg (unless pregnant or a breeding heifer with six or fewer permanent incisor teeth). 2.5% was the bare minimum recommended by the MLA in their own report and now Dept in its wisdom has reduced it beyond that..
What is worse, is that despite the finding that 63% of voyage durations were underestimated the new Standards had reduced the fodder reserve for voyages under 15 days.
Not enough fodder loaded for the number of days plus not enough fodder/animal/day = STARVATION. Oh sure Australia has the world's best animal welfare standards.
See: Willis 2011p 17: MLA recommendation was made to modify the ASEL wording of “minimum 2.5% bodyweight” to >2.5%