AS 5340:2020 LIVESTOCK LOADING/UNLOADING RAMPS AND FORCING PENS
The recently published, AS 5340:2020 Livestock loading/unloading ramps and forcing pens has been developed to help promote consistency across the farming sector.
The safety standard is aiming to assist the many agricultural businesses in Australia using livestock ramps.
Alongside the expertise of industry, the pre-existing Australian Livestock & Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) Guidelines for Ramps and Forcing Yards helped steer the development of the standard. Standards Australia has published a new livestock ramp standard developed with the safety of workers and welfare of livestock front of mind.
The guidance aims to promote safe practices in the over 85,000 agricultural businesses across Australia that may be using livestock ramps.
Ramps Information Guide
GUIDE FOR SAFE DESIGN OF LIVESTOCK LOADING RAMPS FORCING YARDS
The purpose of the guide is to promote safer workplaces for people in contact with livestock loading facilities and to improve animal welfare outcomes.
The guide is a tool to assist in the assessment of existing facilities and aid in the design of proposed new facilities. It summarises the potential hazards of livestock loading ramps and forcing yards and practical examples of ways to control associated risks for different types of facilities.
The material has been developed in close consultation with key stakeholders in the livestock supply chain including producers, transporters, feedlots, saleyards, exporters, equipment manufacturers, welfare groups and safety authorities.
The following videos were developed to provide and understanding of issues around loading and unloading facilities.
Click on the video below for information on Refurbished Farm Yards
Click on the video below for information on Refurbished Commercial Facilities
Click on the video below a great example of working loading facilities at Koonwarra Saleyards