NFU responds to new welfare in transport measures

Published 18 August 2021

Livestock Poultry Welfare in transport
Llanybydder sheep in trailer_68510

Responding to the outcome of the government’s consultation on new welfare in transport measures, NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said:

“Animal welfare is always a top priority for any livestock or poultry farmer and we maintain that new rules or policy should be based on sound evidence and the latest science.

“We’re pleased to see in some areas Defra has taken account of the evidence we presented and made changes1 to its proposals.

“However, we’re disappointed that other elements are not more meaningfully welfare-focused, utilising driver training and experience. For example, we are frustrated that our proposal for a live export assurance scheme has been overlooked, which would have ensured UK rules on transport and processing would have followed animals to other countries.

“We believe basing a transport ban purely on its purpose, in this case for slaughter, is not logical given that farmers and transporters have an inherent interest in ensuring all journeys meaningfully protect welfare at all stages and types of movement.

“We are pleased to see that Defra is committed to working collaboratively with the industry in this area and we stand ready to support further policy development to improve welfare at transport.”

  1. Changes made by Defra include:
    1. removing restrictions applying to sea transport in certain weather conditions for domestic journeys,
    2. removing lower temperature restrictions on livestock transport for short journeys
    3. excluding vehicle loading and unloading in journey time limits for poultry.

Ask us a question about this page

Once you have submitted your query our NFU CallFirst team will contact you and, if appropriate, your question will be passed on to one of our policy teams.

By completing the form with your details on this page, you are agreeing to have this information sent to the NFU for the purposes of contacting you regarding your enquiry. Please take time to read the NFU’s Privacy Policy if you require further information.