MSA Cattle Handling Requirements
To ensure that cattle grade well under MSA there are a number of on farm cattle handling requirements that must be adhered to.
Cattle dispatched for slaughter must meet the following requirements:
· Be continually grazed or fed rations to a level that is adequate for growth for a minimum period of one month prior is dispatch.
· Be handled quietly to reduce stress.
· Have free access to water until dispatch.
· Have free access to feed until dispatch, other than the minimum time required for preparation through cattle yards.
· Do not consign cattle of poor temperament or with signs of severe stress.
· Do not consign sick cattle or cattle within a withholding period.
· Do not mix cattle from different mobs or pens on the property within 2 weeks of dispatch.
· Do not dispatch cattle purchased or moved from another property/saleyard within one month of arrival.
· Load cattle quietly, preferably without use of electric prodders.
· Load cattle at recommended densities set out in the trucking code of practice.
· Cattle slaughter no later than the day after dispatch from the property of origin.
· No entire males or males which display Secondary Sexual Characteristics (SSC).
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