Grace period for livestock transport regulations

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The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says producers can contact it if they have questions about the federal livestock transport regulations.

The new rules come into effect on Feb. 20, but the CFIA has granted a two-year transition period on the feed, water, and rest interval provisions for the livestock sector.

In a statement, the food inspection agency said it recognizes the “challenges” some will face in meeting the new provisions (such as reducing the maximum transport time without a rest break to 36 hours from 48 hours).

It said enforcement “will be proportionate to the animal welfare situation and the seriousness of the non-compliance” and could range from a verbal warning to a fine.

The CCA said it is working with the agency to “refine the CFIA’s current regulatory interpretive guidance document.”

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