Soaring temperatures in early January were no impediment to trucking cattle to Adelaide Port and loading them onto the Ghena. Photographs on 2nd January (temp max 44 degrees) show drooling cattle which correspond to the MLA panting score of 2 or 2.5.
MLA recommendations for feedlot cattle are are follows: "For management purposes, if more than 10% of cattle are exhibiting panting scores of 2 or above, all handling and movement of the affected cattle should be stopped and only resumed when conditions become cooler and cattle have returned to normal".
But that's right, live export has a different respiratory character score to the MLA feedlot score...oh and they dont include drooling in their classification (McCarthy 2005). How very convenient....same cattle, same country but different purpose so different animal welfare guidelines. But just remember, we do really care about Australian livestock in Australia.