Why is livestock transport certification important?
Livestock transport is one of the most critical and visible components of the livestock production system.
Livestock and poultry are transported every day of the year in North America and animal welfare is everyone’s responsibility. Part of this responsibility is ensuring that each person involved understands best practices to ensure the health and proper care of livestock during transport. This includes truck drivers, producers, handlers, auction markets, order buyers, feedlots, plant crews, loading crews and management.
It is our obligation as part of the livestock production chain to provide the appropriate level of care to ensure the animals’ environment is one where they experience minimal stress.
Canada is considered a world leader in animal welfare standards, laws and regulations. Today, the majority of North Americans are more than one generation removed from agriculture and we live in an increasingly urban society. This mainly urban population has less experience and knowledge with livestock and common agricultural practices, but shows a concern for the way their food is raised. One way to reassure the public that we are doing the right thing is to demonstrate that people throughout the production system have been made aware of requirements and best practices and to strive for continuous improvement.
We must strive to ensure the viability of livestock and poultry production systems through awareness, certification and continuous improvement.
In recognition of the priority livestock transportation plays in food production, some countries in the European Union, including the United Kingdom, have instituted mandatory training for livestock and poultry handlers and transporters.