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Nebraska updates ag transport protocols

Nebraska updates ag transport protocols

Groups create a list of best management practices for livestock transport

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer
Farms.com

Nebraska’s ag community and State Patrol have developed a collaborative system to keep livestock safe during transport.

The partnership works two-fold. It helps haulers stay up to date with safety regulations. It also assists police officers in handling situations where trucks are removed from the road and livestock need to be relocated.

The collaborative resources include livestock handling best management practices, a checklist for livestock haulers, a state map with relevant contact information and basic livestock transportation rules.

“One goal in this partnership would be to help haulers stay up-to-date with the latest safety concerns before they take to the road,” Captain Gerry Krolikowsky, commander of the Nebraska State Patrol’s carrier enforcement, said in a statement Monday. “This conversation has been important for all stakeholders to consider the priorities and challenges we all face in our day-to-day operation.”

Working together with authorities will avoid delays in livestock deliveries.

“I’m a cattle feeder who relies on safe and timely deliveries,” Mike Drinnin, president-elect of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, said in a statement yesterday. “Collaborations like this will positively affect my business. Nebraska Cattlemen is excited to continue working together on the safe and efficient transportation of livestock throughout the state.”

We Support Agriculture, the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska Poultry Industries and Midwest Dairy helped develop the resources.

Farms.com has reached out to members of Nebraska’s ag and trucking sectors for comment on the partnership with the state police.

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