Livestock SA welcomes the opportunity to be able to make comment on the draft ‘Design of Livestock Loading/Unloading Ramps and Forcing Yards’: AS5340, however would be opposed to any moves to make this code mandatory. This must be no more than a guideline that producers can follow when upgrading or building new livestock yards.
Producers are aware of the ‘Fit to load’ guidelines when sending livestock from their properties. Similarly, this draft could be the basis for ‘Safe to load’ guidelines – safe for the animal, safe for the carrier and safe for the farmer.
Livestock SA also endorses Cattle Council of Australia and Sheep Producers Australia’s submission.