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This Order addresses concerns about live exports to Middle East during northern hemisphere summer of southern Australian cattle. Revokes Order No LC1/98.
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR10-Nov-1998
Tabled Senate10-Nov-1998
Gazetted 09 Sep 1998
Date of repeal 05 Jan 2003
Repealed by Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Export of Cattle) Order 2003

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN MEAT AND LIVE‑STOCK INDUSTRY ACT 1997

ORDER UNDER SECTION 17

I, KENNETH HARRY MATTHEWS, make the following order pursuant to Section 17 of the Australian Meat and Live‑stock Industry Act 1997 (the Act).

KENNETH HARRY MATTHEWS

Secretary

ORDER No LC2/98

EXPORT OF CATTLE DURING NORTHERN HEMISPHERE SUMMER

MONTHS

1.           Commencement

This Order takes effect on the day it is notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.

2.           Revocation

Order No LC 1/98 is revoked.

3.           Interpretation

animal house means the arrangement of pens on each deck of the vessel, or parts of a vessel, in which cattle are transported

AQIS means the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service or any other agency of the Commonwealth which is from time to time responsible for the administration of the Export Control Act 1982

 

AQIS certifying officer means the veterinary officer authorised under the Export Control Act 1982 to provide export health certification and export permits

cattle means live cattle

competent stock attendant means a person who has had experience relevant to the control of cattle carried in vessels and who is not a member of a vessel's crew

the Department means the Department of Primary Industries and Energy (DPIE) or any other Department or agency of the Commonwealth which is from time to time responsible for the administration of the Act

LEAP means the Livestock Export Accreditation Program administered by LIVECORP

licensee means the holder of a live‑stock export licence to export cattle granted under section 10 of the Act

LIVECORP means the Australian Livestock Export Corporation Ltd

master has the same meaning as in the Navigation Act 1912

maximum number of cattle means the maximum number of cattle carried in pens on a vessel, or a part of a vessel, obtained by dividing the pen area available in square metres, excluding any area required for spare pens, by the minimum permissible floor area per head as set out in clause 4(a) below. In respect of an average mass per head of cattle between the figures given in clause 4(a) below, the minimum permissible floor area is determined by linear interpolation using only four figures after the decimal point

parallel means southern parallel of latitude

pen area available means the net area of pens for holding cattle on a vessel as set out in the vessel's Livestock Capacity Plan or Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock, as applicable, and confirmed by the vessel's Master

Secretary means the Secretary of the Department

spare pens means the pens required to be provided on each deck of the vessel, having a capacity where more than ten but less than one hundred cattle are carried on the deck, sufficient for one animal, and where more than one hundred cattle are carried on a deck, sufficient for one animal for each one hundred or part thereof

vessel means the vessel in which the cattle are exported from Australia.

 

4.           Order

For all exports, by a licensee, of cattle from any Australian port located south of the 26th parallel to places other than South East Asia and/or Japan :

(a)          The licensee will ensure that, in the period from midnight on 30 April to midnight on 31 October in any calendar year, the vessel carries no more than the maximum number of cattle calculated by using the table below, unless written authorisation is given by the Secretary to the licensee to vary this requirement:

Average mass per head of cattle (kg)

Minimum permissible floor area per head (m2)

Average mass per head of cattle (kg)

Minimum permissible floor area per head (m2)

200

0.847

360

1.445

210

0.884

370

1.483

220

0.922

380

1.520

230

0.959

390

1.558

240

0.997

400

1.668

250

1.034

410

1.707

260

1.071

420

1.746

270

1.109

430

1.785

280

1.146

440

1.824

290

1.184

450

1.863

300

1.221

460

1.902

310

1.258

470

1.941

320

1.296

480

1.980

330

1.333

490

2.019

340

1.371

500

2.059

350

1.408

 

 

(b)          The licensee will ensure that cattle over 500 kg individual live weight are not exported;

(c)          The licensee will ensure that a competent stock attendant travels on board the vessel and will require the competent stock attendant to, in addition to other duties:

(i)      compile a detailed report for each voyage based on daily observations of temperature and humidity levels both inside and outside the animal house, cattle mortality and illness rates, and any factors which may have caused mortality or illness among the cattle such as suitability of feed, flooring and presence of leg abrasions and swelling on the cattle; and

(ii)     send a copy of the report to the Department immediately on reaching the port to which the cattle are being exported, until a date determined by the Department after consultation with LIVECORP;

(d)          The licensee will ensure that the veterinary medicines and medical equipment prescribed in Annexure 2 of the Australian Livestock Export Standards issued under LEAP are carried on all vessels, and that the competent stock attendant is knowledgeable in their use;

(e)          The licensee will ensure, at the discretion of the AQIS certifying officer, that for every 1000 head of cattle exported, at least 10 tonnes of sawdust/straw pro­rata is loaded on each shipment to be used exclusively for the flooring of pens and bedding for the cattle;

(f)          The licensee will ensure, at the discretion of the AQIS certifying officer, that provision is made for high quality chaff and/or hay to be provided to the cattle to supplement the normal diet of feed pellets;

(g)          The licensee will instruct the master of the vessel to ensure that the vessel carries sufficient captive bolt pistols to allow for the humane destruction of live cattle, and that either competent stock attendants or responsible members of the vessel's crew have been instructed in their proper use.