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Canadian government invests in agricultural transportation

Over $100,000 will be invested

By Diego Flammini,

Farmers are aware that livestock and poultry are a crucial part to the success of their operation and should be treated with the utmost respect and gentleness at all times, especially when being transported.

The Canadian government is also aware of this and is doing their part to help farmers, livestock and poultry by investing $183,929 to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC). The money will be used to ensure the safe and humane transportation of livestock and poultry.

"Our Government is proud to support industry-led initiatives that help to ensure the welfare of farm animals in Canada,” said Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, Michael Chong, who was joined by Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “The transportation of farm animals is a regular part of everyday farming across the country and ensuring that it is done in a humane and safe way is a top priority.”

Specifically, the investment will be used by CAHC to develop and implement online driver training and a driver verification system. They’ll look to the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification program for guidance. It provides standards for truckers, shippers and receivers to have better access to the necessary training.

Cows being transported

"The CAHC is very appreciative of this federal government support,” said Mark Beaven, Executive Director of Canadian Animal Health Coalition. “Enabling the development of the Canadian Livestock Transport online platform will not only increase the number of CLT trained transporters but it will also allow the industry to develop and effectively deliver other educational programs as well.”

Tell us your thoughts on the Canadian government’s investment into farm animal transportation. As a livestock or poultry farmer are you encouraged by the importance being placed on farm animal health?

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