In April 2017, a live ex ship on its maiden voyage had 7.79% mortality due to cattle slipping. The ship had its certificate revoked (see VALE blog). The surface was obviously inadequate even though it passed initial inspection. However, one wonders, would some of these losses been mitigated if the animals had had some absorbent bedding. Which roads are slipperiest: wet or dry? VALE predicts the Department of Ag’s investigation will find the ship design at fault….but wont even look at their own dodgy bedding standards.