The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) aims to initiate an update to the 2001 transportation Code of Practice in 2018, pending a successful project application under the New Policy Framework. However, first steps toward this objective are being undertaken now. Click here to learn more…

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals: Transportation was released in 2001.

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Table of Content below


NFACC does not have any hard copies of this Code.


Table of Contents





SECTION 1 Introduction

SECTION 2 General Considerations

SECTION 3 Vehicles, Containers and Equipment

SECTION 4 Loading and Unloading

SECTION 5 Care and Protection During Transport

SECTION 6 Animals at Risk

SECTION 7 Post Transport Antemortem (Preslaughter) Care

SECTION 8 Species Specific and Class Specific Considerations

SECTION 9 Research Needs



Appendix 1


Appendix 2

Density Charts

Appendix 3

Emergency Procedures

Appendix 4

Guidelines for Humane Killing of Animals by Firearms

Appendix 5

Wind -Chill Factors

Appendix 6


Appendix 7


Table 1

Maximum Single Step Height Recommendations

Table 2

Maximum Ramp Slope Recommendations

Table 3

Signs of Animal Discomfort During Transport

Table 4

Recommended Maximum Transport Times and Minimum Feed, Water and Rest Times which are within the standards of the Health of Animals Regulations

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