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Livestock Transport Standard

(PresseBox) (Köln, ) GLOBALG.A.P. launched its Livestock Transport Standard V.1.0 at the Anuga Trade Fair 2011. The standard applies to all road vehicle operators transporting animals for a distance over 65 km and all third party transports under 65 km.

"This GLOBALG.A.P. transport standard integrates up-to-date legislation, knowledge and best practice for assuring that highest compliance of animal welfare for livestock during transport is provided and followed at best" says Eddie Harper, Member of British Empire (MBE), United Kingdom, one of the most experienced resource experts in livestock transports.

All critical issues such as fitness of animals for transport, loading ramps, handling of animals at loading and unloading during transport, stocking rates, ventilation and temperature monitoring plus navigation system are addressed. The driver training and competence must be documented and follow Certificate of Professional Competence plus best practice pursuant to Article 17 of EU Directive 1/2005.

Specific requirements for poultry transports such as noise levels during loading and unloading, specific containers for transport, protection for inclement weather and clean condition of the birds at arrival are addressed.

During the development of the standard, pilot audits and self-assessments were performed in Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Uruguay to provide feedback from commercial transporters on the ground.

During the two phases of public consultations, proposals from various stakeholders as from Eurogroup for Animals, German ADR (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Rinderzüchter) and several NGOs from Brazil, Canada and Uruguay were forwarded and taken into account by the Technical Committees of GLOBALG.A.P.

Starting January 2012, the transport of all animals in the GLOBALG.A.P. system must only be carried out by operators certified according to GLOBALG.A.P. livestock transport standard or benchmarked schemes.

Members of the GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Committee Livestock:

David Mainon, ASDA
Felipe D'Albora, INAC
Aldin Hilbrands, Ahold
Danica Hillson, Merryn
Norbert Rank, McDonald's
Heidie Klingenberg Jorgensen, Danish Agriculture & Food Council
Anne-Corine Vlaadingerbroek, CBL
Jürg von Niederhäusern, MIGROS
Jim O'Toole, Bord Bia
Hans Schouwenburg, PVE