Livestock Handling – 5. Animal Wellbeing for Transport

Provided by: Feedlot TECH

This course is part of the Fundamentals of Livestock Handling online skills training.  

The aim of bringing cattle to a feedlot is to help them reach a certain weight as quickly and efficiently as possible to provide beef products for market. The livestock transport process needs to be done well to ensure cattle leaving the feedlot arrive at the processor in the best possible condition to support optimal animal welfare. One of the most important parts of preparing cattle for transport is assessing their fitness for loading and the transport journey.

This online course covers the basics in assessing the fitness of the animal for the journey, determining marginal cattle needing further assessment and understanding the challenges of all parties when cattle are not fit for the journey.

After completion of the online training, an on the ground competency assessment is available so you can demonstrate your skills and competency in this area.

This E-learning series has been by funded grain-fed levies and matching federal government R&D contributions in consultation with the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association.

Learning outcomes and competencies
By the end of this course, you will know how to: 

  • The Five Domains of Animal Welfare
  • Australian animal welfare standards and how they are applied
  • The main risks to animals during the transport process
  • Actions feedlots can take to reduce the risks and support animal wellbeing
  • Meet feed, water and rest requirements
  • Ensure truck pen density requirements
  • Monitor and consider weather when planning
  • Communicate well with transporters and processors
  • Schedule loading times and trucks for optimal wellbeing and product outcomes
  • Properly prepare cattle for the journey

Training Location and Delivery method

Online Training course, delivered via the Feedlot TECH Training Hub. Approximately 1 hour in length. 


Free to all feedlots, employees and industry associated individuals. 

To access training 

Sign in or create an account on the Feedlot TECH Training Hub to access online feedlot specific skills training. To create an account on the Training Hub, click ‘sign up now’ on the login page, determine a password, confirm you email address and complete the verification form. When prompted, enter your feedlot NFAS or Group Number to ensure fast verification and access to training. 

Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA)
GPO Box 149, Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 02 9290 3700

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

PO Box 1961, North Sydney, NSW 2059
Phone: 02 9463 9333


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