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What are some regulations regarding livestock transportation?

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Some regulations regarding livestock transportation include that transportation vessels must have appropriate ventilation, and in most cases transporters may not put animals in fully enclosed vessels. Additional regulations require transporters to avoid extremely long journeys and to use partitions to separate animals if too much extra space in the transportation vessel might cause the animals to move excessively during travel, explains the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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In some locations, a person transporting livestock must have a certification of competency, according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Also depending on the jurisdiction, the person transporting the animals must carry proof of their destinations and the date and time they began their trips. In addition, vehicles must suitably and safely carry the animals.

The vehicle must capably load and unload the moving livestock without injuring the animals, says the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. A person transporting the livestock must label the vehicle so that others know the vehicle contains live animals. During transportation, livestock must receive food and water at prescribed intervals, says the government of the United Kingdom.

During hot weather, transporters should take care to avoid loading and unloading animals during the hottest part of the day. During transport in hot weather livestock should receive extra space and increased nutrition, according to the government of the United Kingdom. In cold weather, sheep may not travel within 24 hours of a shearing. In most cases, a road vehicle is the preferred method for livestock transportation, says the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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