Animal transport by road – what you need to know

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The transportation of animals is major part of farm life. If you transport animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, equine or poultry on road journeys over 65km (up to and including eight hours), then you are required to undertake a qualification to ensure competence.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 stipulates the importance of the protection of animals during transport and related operations. This regulation requires that those transporting and handling animals in connection with economic activity are trained in the relevant technical provisions of the Regulation. (Compliancy falls in line with the Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 that came into effect on 5 January 2007).

Among the general conditions of transportation, it is stipulated that:

l The animals are fit for the journey

l The personnel handling animals are trained or competent as appropriate for this purpose and carry out their tasks without using violence or any method likely to cause fear, injury or suffering

l Water, feed and rest are offered to the animals at suitable intervals and are appropriate in quality and quantity to their species and size.

Therefore, training is essential to understand the regulations and safety requirements, ensuring that animals are protected correctly. Lantra offers quality training to meet this standard. Our Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road (Short Journey) qualification enables a driver to be compliant when using road vehicles for transporting farm animals, birds and equine as an economic activity. The qualification addresses fitness for travel, means of transport, use of facilities, loading, unloading and handling, watering and feeding intervals, journey times and rest periods, space allowances and documentation. Assessment for competence is a one off requirement.

The Regulation gives stricter rules for journeys longer than eight hours, and we offer additional training for this in the form of the Level 2 Award in Animal Transport by Road - Long Journey Attendant/Driver.

If you would like further information, or want to find a Lantra provider offering this training, visit, or contact the Northern Ireland office on or 07867 908 171.