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All cattle, regardless of their purpose, must be treated with care and respect as they are being prepared for transport and then physically transported. Moving animals, whether by road or truck can be stressful. Planning and getting it right means cows and youngstock will have a comfortable and safe journey and will arrive at their destination fit and healthy.
Talk regularly to your stock carriers and transporters. Share your plans and have them share theirs. Remember some things are outside people’s control so if the plan changes find out why first and together work on a new plan. Be calm around the cattle in the lead-up – the lower their stress levels the easier loading, transporting and unloading will be.
Here are some things to consider when moving animals:
Ensure all body condition score (BCS) targets will be met as per the contract on takeover date.
If BCS, pasture cover targets or supplements on hand are not going to be met, have a proactive conversation with the other party as to what arrangement can be made to compensate:
If you're selling the herd, moving farms or sending animals to grazing, take time to plan their movement in advance:
Confirm the exact number of cattle you need to transport:
Book in a stock transporter. If you haven’t used them before ask around for recommendations and/or ask enough questions to ensure you are comfortable trusting your animals in their care:
Discuss tall cattle and cattle with horns with your transporter, and check you are happy with their plan for these. Also, check that they can transport your cattle with horns (if you have any). Seek Veterinary advice if this is unclear.
Complete Animal Status Declaration (ASD) forms for any animals: