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Transporting feedlot finished cattle

  • It is important for lot feeders to follow the fit to load principles.
  • First and foremost, taking care of animals is paramount to our entire industry when loading and transporting.
  • Correctly preparing livestock for transport is a vital part of any journey. Well prepared animals travel better, are less stressed and animal welfare issues are less likely to occur.
  • On top of this, good preparation optimises the quality of the carcase and retail beef cuts. Remember to consult with your veterinarian if you have doubts over an animal’s fitness to travel.
  • Veterinary certified animals are loaded and bedded in the back pen on the bottom deck.

Carting heavy cattle – special considerations

When transporting extra heavy, long-fed feedlot cattle (800kg+) in finished slaughter condition:

  • Pay cattle special care during transport, particularly for extended journey lengths in warmer weather.
  • Heavier cattle tend to tire more quickly than lighter animals and need to be checked more frequently, particularly for journeys over six hours.
  • Cattle may lie down to rest if they have room and are not in serious danger of injury as long as they are resting on their belly and not their side.
  • Stand cattle up immediately if on their side.
  • Cattle may lay down to rest for short periods during driver rest stops.
  • Cattle should not be left laying down in the crate for over two hours, or they may experience circulation and muscular problems and subsequently have difficulty standing back up.