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Transporting rams


  • Do not introduce rams to each other on the truck: Ensure that rams are run together for a minimum of two to three days prior to loading. The longer the better, as this gets them accustomed to each other and settled in the yards where they will work out their social hierarchy. It is far better for this to happen in the yards than on the truck or trailer and will result in less complications during transport. During this socialisation time, provide good quality dry hay and clean water.
  • Prior to transport take them off feed and water overnight and load at daylight the next morning.
  • Lighter penning density is an important consideration for rams.
  • Identify any dangerous animals prior to the truck arriving and communicate clearly with the driver which animal/s are higher risk (wild).
  • Have multiple people on hand to load, to minimise risk. Never load alone - this is a significant Work Health Safety risk.

Fit to load checklist

Before livestock are loaded, ensure you complete this checklist. Remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure animals are fit to load and fit for the intended journey ahead of loading.

The animal:

  • can walk on its own by bearing weight on all four legs
  • is free from visible signs of severe injury or distress or conditions likely to further compromise its welfare during transport
  • is strong enough to make the journey (i.e. not dehydrated or emaciated)
  • can see well enough to walk, load and travel without impairment or distress (e.g. it is not blind in both eyes)
  • is not in late pregnancy or too young to travel (refer to the Time off water and spelling periods table)
  • has had adequate access to water prior to loading to meet the maximum time off water standards.

Note: If the animal was grazed on lush green pasture, ensure it was removed from the paddock well in advance of loading and provided with access to adequate roughage (where possible). Make sure the animals are prepared in the best way possible, noting water curfew is very important when transporting goats. Ensure paperwork is completed and facilities are safe, operational and ready for when the truck arrives to load your consignment.