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Scrap saleyards for livestock, says RSPCA- 4.12.2012
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 11:27:15 AM »
The RSPCA wants to stop the practice of selling livestock through saleyards.  The organisation has released its animal welfare guidelines for beef cattle production, recommending against consigning cattle through saleyards and using dogs in farm yards.

 RSPCA's scientific officer for farm animals, Melina Tensen, says being transported to saleyards is stressful for livestock.

 "The loading, transporting and unloading of cattle is very stressful to these animals, so the saleyard is essentially an additional step in that process from bringing the animals from the farm to their final destination," she said.

 "We'd hope to see, eventually, saleyards not being necessary at all, because animals can be consigned directly from farm to their final destination."

 Craig Walker is a livestock salesman with Primaries in Geraldton, Western Australia.

 Mr Walker says whilst there’s always room for improvement in the industry, RSPCA is taking a far too simplistic view of the way the industry works.

 “A lot of cases there are mixed lines, the saleyard system is required to facilitate a lot of sales,” he said.

 “Particularly when you have breeder sales, it maximises your competition. So I think that what Melina is talking about is a very simplistic view and really does not take into consideration the remuneration the producers are going to miss out on.”

 Mr Walker doesn’t deny that the loading, transportation and unloading of livestock places extra stress on animals.

 “What the saleyard system does, it gives us a chance to educate both people, our transporters and particularly the cattle,” he said.

“A lot of times when cattle have only been handled once or twice, particularly in the pastoral area, they’re bought in and loaded... they actually can acclimatise, their handling is a lot better.”

By Caitlyn Gribbin
Tuesday, 04/12/2012
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