Livestock Transporters Lay Out the Issues

After a conference over the weekend, this week has seen the livestock transporters lay out the issues they see facing the industry in the year ahead. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association held its annual conference in Torquay in Victoria in which it identified its priority issues.   The topics identified include, effluent, establishing a national standard for low-volume road access, responding to the threat...

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A Safer Way to Load Cattle

Here is a long time campaigner in the livestock transport industry, John Beer, talking about a safer way to load cattle using a new access landing system to avoid climbing on the trailers. A former Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association President, John is always looking for practical safety solutions and tells us more about it in his customary laconic way.   Meanwhile, up in Queensland, Frasers Livestock have...

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Cattle Carter Life in Photos

A young photographer and cattle carter have been on the road with a livestock road train and captured spectacular images of life on the road in Queensland and the Northern Territory hauling six decks of cattle. Here is their story:     Check out the photo blog...

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Livestock Hotline Launched

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association and National Transport Insurance have launched LivestockASSIST. This is a 24 hour national hotline to coordinate emergency responses to incidents involving heavy vehicles carrying livestock.   “Over the past year the ALRTA has taken a quantum leap in our approach to driver safety and animal welfare,” said Kevin Keenan, ALRTA National President. “Last January we merged...

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Remuneration Order Rejected

A straight rejection has been published of the latest order handed down by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has made a submission rejecting the draft Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) – Contractor Driver Minimum Payment Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 in its current form.       The RSRO, released for comment four weeks ago, seeks to...

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Livestock Template Gets Up

After a long and difficult gestation period, beginning when the first of the fatigue management schemes were proposed over ten years ago, the livestock transport industry has a scheme it can work with. The NHVR has issued the first approval under the Livestock AFM Template which allows a 14 day work cycle.       The first successful applicant is an owner-driver from SE QLD and this approval represents the results of...

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