2020-22 - Changes to pen space requirements for live sheep exports to or through the Middle East: Repeal of Section 10 - Pen space area for sheep

26 October 2020

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Species: Sheep

Countries: To or through Middle East

Attention

  • Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians (AAVs)
  • Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council
  • Department Officers
  • LiveCorp
  • Livestock Exporters
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • Registered Premises (RP) Operators

Purpose

To inform stakeholders of a change to specific requirements for sheep exports to, or through, the Middle East that take effect from 1 November 2020.

Key points

Instructions

  1. Exporters must refer to ASEL 3.0 for the requirements for pen space for sheep.
  2. Exporters must continue to comply with the remaining sections of the Northern Winter Order.

Background

The Northern Winter Order contains pen space requirements that differ from ASEL 3.0 requirements. Dependent on the liveweight of the sheep, it provides more or less space than required in ASEL 3.0. As part of the review of ASEL 2.3, the independent Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended that pen space allocations for sheep be based on an allometric approach. This recommendation was implemented in ASEL 3.0 which will come into effect 1 November 2020.

[Signed]

Kelly Porter
Director
Live Animal Welfare Branch
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Contact officer
Calista O’Neil (Policy and Engagement)
Phone: 02 6272 4581
Email livestockexp@awe.gov.au

Last reviewed: 26 October 2020
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