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RSPCA to Hold Meeting on Welfare During Transport

by 5m Editor
17 September 2010, at 9:14a.m.

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - The red meat industry will actively engage in a farm animal handling and transport symposium being organised by the RSPCA next month.

The programme, being held in Brisbane to coincide with World Farm Animal Day on 1 October, will focus on the latest research, industry and community perspectives, and the government's approach to livestock transport, reports Queensland Country Life.

Industry stakeholders who attended a similar RSPCA-convened workshop two years ago said the first programme "produced constructive dialogue, and was not an attempt at a free-kick at the beef or live export industries".

The keynote speaker this year will be Dr Andrew Fisher from the University of Melbourne's Animal Welfare Science Centre.

He is the former leader of the animal welfare group within CSIRO, and is currently working to provide sustainable improvements in animal management and welfare for the benefit of both livestock industries and the community.

Presenting results from recent research outcomes on cattle transport issues will be the Beef CRC's Dr Drewe Ferguson, who will focus particularly on pre-transport food and water deprivation and its effect on transport performance.

Another speaker will be New South Wales beef producer, Bruce Maynard, covering low-stress stock handling.

They will be joined by speakers from other livestock sectors including dairy and poultry.

The new land transport standards and guidelines will also come into focus, with a presentation by Biosecurity Queensland's Ian Rodger.

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