Transportation Code of Practice – Progress Update

October 2019

Progress on the Livestock and Poultry Transportation Code of Practice continues at a steady pace. The eighth and final species-specific Working Group (WG) was finalized in September and turned over to Code Manager, Jeffrey Spooner, who has commenced with the early steps of organizing the Equine WG for its first call.

A series of four WG Participant Orientation webinars were conducted in September for new WG participants and those who were unable to attend any of the previous webinars. To date, 11 webinars have been held for more than 90 stakeholder participants to help familiarize them with NFACC, the Code project, and the Livestock and Poultry Transportation Code development process.

The first in-person Poultry Catching and Transportation WG meeting was held over two days in early October in Ottawa. The WG fine-tuned key content to its Code section including Understanding Fitness for Transport and interactions between parties involved in production, catching, and transport.

The first in-person meeting of the Mink/Fox/Rabbit WG has now been scheduled for January, 2020 in Toronto. The Editing and Review Committee will meet for the first time in Ottawa in November just prior to the first in-person meeting of the Pig WG. In addition, the first conference calls of the Hatchery and Bison/Cervid WGs were held in September October respectively, and efforts are underway to schedule the first call of the Sheep/Goats WG.

August 2019 

Progress continues in the update of the livestock and poultry transportation code of practice.  Seven species-specific working groups have been activated, and an eighth will be finalized by the end of August. The Poultry Catching and Transport and the Pig Working Groups (WG) will hold their first in-person meetings in Ottawa this fall, and the Cattle WG will meet face-to-face for its first meeting in Toronto in January. Overseen by its Code Manager Lucie Verdon, the Mink/Fox/Rabbit WG held its first call in July, and again under Lucie’s management, the Hatchery WG will hold its first call in September. Under the management of veteran Code Manager Jeff Spooner, efforts are underway to schedule calls for the Sheep/Goats WG, and the Bison/Cervid WG was recently turned over to Kate Cooper so that it can begin its work.

After the Equine WG has been activated, NFACC will host additional WG Participation Orientation webinars to help familiarize new WG members with NFACC, the Code project, and the Livestock and Poultry Transportation Code development process.

July was a busy month for some scientists who co-authored the Review of Scientific Research on Priority Welfare Issues for the Transportation Code of Practice. Karen Schwean-Lardner and Trever Crowe presented Scientific Committee (SC) report findings on the transportation of poultry to the Poultry WG by webinar.  Similarly, Luigi Faucitano presented findings from the Swine section of the SC Report to the Pig WG, and Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein reported on findings from the report’s Cattle section to the Cattle WG.

Preliminary findings from the top-of-mind survey (open from March 5th to 31st), which provided the opportunity for interested members of the public to contribute their top-of-mind concerns, have been summarized in a report**, and is available on NFACC’s website. The Working Groups and the Code Development Committee will refer back to these important insights as it progresses through the update to this Code of Practice.