Bovine Transportation Course

Gills Driving School Bovine Transport CourseOn 5 January 2007 the EU introduced a new rule Council Regulation (EC) 1 of 2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations. This regulation is aimed at improving the welfare of animals including: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, dogs and poultry during transport throughout the European Union.

The New Regulation states:

No person shall transport animals or cause animals to be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering to the animals. It is important to note that the new rules only apply to the transport of animals undertaken in connection with an economic activity.

Bovine Transportation Course

Course Objectives

  • To be able to explain all the necessary and legal requirements for the safe transportation of bovine animals
  • To be able to pass a short multiple choice questionnaire

Course Content

  • Certificate in Animal Welfare
  • Welfare legislation
  • Travel documents
  • Changing conditions and emergencies
  • Fit for travel/injured animals
  • Load and unloading
  • Feeding, watering and rest intervals
  • Vehicle specifications and space allowances
  • Vehicle hygiene
  • Sample questions

Who needs it?

  • Handlers of livestock at assembly centres and marts
  • Hauliers of livestock to and from marts
  • Commercial transporters carrying animals on journeys over 65Km are required to undergo this training

Department of Agriculture, Food and the MarineTwo types of authorisation

  • Type 1 Authorisation covers journeys over 65Km to a maximum of 8 hours
  • Type 2 Authorisation covers journeys over 8 hours (International Hauliers)

A Certificate of Competence will be issued by the Department of Agriculture on completion of the course which lasts for 10 years.