Livestock transporters given leeway on road trains

WA allows livestock transporters to use 53.5 metre road trains to move greater number of animals

February 8, 2011

Livestock transporters in Western Australia have been granted permission to use long road trains to address concerns of feed deprivation in parts of the state.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has reinstated exceptional circumstances permits allowing operators to use 53.5 metre long road trains on certain routes throughout Western Australia.

He says the permits were used throughout last year to alleviate the effects of the dry season in the Pilbara by allowing cattle to be transported south of Geraldton for agistment.

As well helping those dealing with the fallout from last year’s dry season in the north-west, Buswell says the permits will assist people affected by recent heavy rain in the Murchison and Gascoyne.

"We now have a situation where pasture feed in agistment areas is becoming sparse while heavy rain in parts of the Gascoyne, Murchison and Pilbara is providing new pasture growth," Buswell says.

"By allowing the 53.5 metre road trains to operate, pastoralists can move a greater number of animals rapidly while alleviating animal welfare risks associated with feed deprivation."

Buswell says the exceptional circumstances arrangements will be reviewed in two months.

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