The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) says the proposed development of a code of practice for managing effluent in the livestock supply chain has been progressing.
Last week, the association hosted a member forum to discuss the proposed status of the code, which is being developed in consultation with the livestock supply chain and other interested parties, with funding from the NHVR.
In its most recent newsletter, the ALRTA explained, “We commenced with a scoping workshop attended by more than 40 stakeholders including transporters, farmers, feedlots, agents, saleyards, processors, regulators, police and welfare advocates.
“From there, we formed a representative supply chain working party and redrafted the code several times in response to changes to the NHVR code development guidelines. The proposed content is now being scrutinised by our state member associations.”
ALRTA’s plans are for the draft code to be released for public consultation within the next two months and to have the code registered under the Heavy Vehicle National Law in 2022.
“Once registered, the code will provide guidance for all chain of responsibility parties about what they can do to minimise the risk of effluent loss during transit. This could include actions such a pre-transport curfews, communicating curfew information, using trailer effluent tanks when appropriate and provision of managed effluent disposal sites at livestock depots,” said ALRTA.
ALRTA will inform its members once the public consultation process begins.