Human welfare must also be addressed when considering livestock transportation, scientists say, because driver fatigue is thought to be a significant problem.  |  Barb Glen photo

Transport review focuses on travel time

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recently received a summary of the 9,500 comments on the proposed amendments

LONDON, Ont. — Canada’s humane transport regulation for livestock was developed in 1977, and 10 years ago the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said amendments were needed. Growing public interest in livestock transportation and its effects on animals has been expressed in the press and through social media, but updated regulations have moved at glacial speed. […] Read more

Canadian livestock producers say shorter transportation times and rest stops could actually be worse for animals in transit.
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Shorter trips, more rest stops may not benefit animals

Veterinarian says respiratory disease is a major issue when moving cattle, and a rest stop allows more time for bacteria to incubate

Canadian livestock producers say shorter transportation times and rest stops could actually be worse for animals in transit. The beef, pork and poultry sectors recently took their concerns about proposed new transport regulations to the Commons agriculture committee. The regulations have not been changed since 1977 and amendments were released earlier this year after about […] Read more

Images of blood dripping from a livestock transport truck prompted an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  |  Amber Jionet photo

CFIA dismisses injured cow claims

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency investigation is complete into an August report of an injured dairy cow aboard a livestock transport truck in Ontario. The agency said it followed up with the parties involved and found that one animal had a surface injury that did not compromise its health and well-being during transport. No enforcement […] Read more


Each year, Animals arriving dead or those that must be euthanized at the plant cost the North American industry $131 million. | File photo

Assessing cattle begins at loading

TORONTO — More research is needed to figure out why animals get hurt or die during transport. Preparation starts at the farm and continues until the animals are unloaded at the slaughter plant, where auditors including Jennifer Woods watch to see if animals walk off the trailer in good shape. “Transportation cannot be fairly assessed […] Read more

Movable hydraulic decks inside livestock trailers reduce animal stress and make cleaning easier, say the inventors.  |  Steve’s Livestock Transport photo

Trailer lift better for pig, hauler

Flat decks, rather than ramps, reduce animal stress and cleaning is easier on drivers

It’s been known for years that pigs don’t like ramps. They don’t like walking up them and they don’t like walking down them. After two years of research and development, a Manitoba trucking company may have a solution. Steve’s Livestock Transport of Blumenort has helped design a livestock trailer that uses hydraulic lifts rather than […] Read more