[Fantastic…..now we are transporting cattle >600kg sourced from below 26 degree latitude to ports above 26 degree latitude, in January, with no bedding. YEP ASEL was never meant for this so its all legal….but lets look and see whether it is OK…..MLA publications and industry say NO.
So here we go, we leave the reader to judge whether it is OK when industry itself has so clearly has stated its not:
ASEL Appendix 4.3 Provision of bedding 4.3.1 Cattle and buffalo
(1) Cattle and buffalo exported on voyages of 10 days or more must be provided with sawdust, rice hulls or similar material to be used exclusively for bedding at a rate of at least 7 t or 25 m3 for every 1000 m2 of cattle pen space.
(2) This does not apply to cattle and buffalo loaded from Brisbane or a port north of latitude 26° south and exported to Southeast Asia or Japan.
MLA LIVE.124 Fit to Export Guide” 2006, “livemass; 200 – 500 kg if bred south of 26 degrees south and exported from May to October. 200 – 650 kg if bred elsewhere” [NOTE comment was removed in the 2007 version]
MLA LIVE.102 & SBMR.003: Best practice standards for the preparation & husbandry of cattle for transport from Australia” 3.1.4.(iv) “Animals over 500 kg live weight or with a fat cover of 20 mm at the P8 site should not be selected for export [Yep that's was Ross Ainsworth and AAV Mike McCarthy]
MLA W.LIV.0254 Management of Bedding during the Livestock Export Process: “It was commonly reported to the authors that heavy cattle (over 380 kg) will, depending on the surface of the pen floor and the stability of the ship, incur more leg injuries than other cattle.”
ASEL REVIEW AAV submission : “Overweight animals are at a higher risk of this type of injury [hoof deck syndrome]and subsequent death than animals below 500kg."
Anyhow, guess all that matter is that ASEL approves heavy cattle to travel in unstable hard-floored multi-story carparks - we must have the best animal welfare standards in the world....!!!