Notice to all producers and transporters of animals,
Under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA’s) Health of Animals Regulations (Part XII), Canada’s livestock industry will see changes to its Transportation of Animals requirements. The new requirements will be phased in beginning February 20, 2020.
The new regulations are more detailed with respect to animal needs and specify intervals for transporters to provide food, water and rest. OSF is sharing the most recent communications materials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for information purposes and including links to online resources available at this time.
All persons involved in the Transporting of Animals must comply with the new regulations.
1. The HAR Part XII applies on-farm, even before the transport begins.
2. Unfit animals can only be transported under the recommendation of a veterinarian and with the aim of receiving veterinary care.
3. Compromised animals must be transported to the nearest place where they can receive care or be humanely killed (cannot go through the auction market) and the maximum interval without FWR is 12 hrs.
4. Outcome-based requirements provide more protection for the vulnerable animals that are not considered as being unfit or compromised.
5. Lambs <8 days cannot go to an auction mart, can be transported one time only, for a max of 12 hours and the max interval without FWR is 12 hours.
6. Lambs > 8 days of age but not weaned can be transported for a max of 12 hours and the max interval without FWR is 12 hours (can go through an auction market).
7. Cull ewes have to be assessed carefully before transport and the driver must be informed of all pertinent pre-existing conditions.
8. Lactating ewes in peak lactation are unfit for transport. If in normal lactation, the ewe has to be milked adequately to prevent mammary engorgement.
- A PDF copy of the information below click here
- A copy of the "Now Vs Then" CFIA document click here
- Direct link to Humane Transport and Animal Welfare website click here
- A Copy of CFIA Sheep Webinar with OSF - January 2020 click here
- Checklist for Animal Transportation click here
- The Interpretive guidance Health of Animals Regulations Part XII: Transportation of Animals will be updated to address the questions CFIA receives in order to help the third parties in interpreting the HAR Part XII.
- National Farm Animal Care Council - Sheep Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep click here