NewStream Farm Animal Care, Volume 3, Edition 5
CLT drives forward
Posted: June 4, 2015
New funding injection breathes fresh life into critical program for responsible farm animal transport
Canada has become a recognized leader internationally in the safe and humane transport of livestock. A major reason why is the Canadian Livestock Transport (CLT) Certification Program – a comprehensive training course and support service for livestock truckers, shippers and receivers.
CLT was started as the "Certified Livestock Transport" training program originally developed through Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) in association with its sister animal care associations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The program has long enjoyed strong success and industry engagement at the regional level. In October 2013, as part of an effort to expand and strengthen national reach, it was shifted to a new home under the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), a not-for-profit organization serving Canada´s farmed animal industry.
New opportunities through online delivery
The development of CLT into a national program was made possible through funding by industry partners, and by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), a five-year (2009-2014) program aimed at helping the sector adapt and remain competitive. Now CLT has been awarded a further big support boost with the May 2015 announcement of $180,000 in new funds toward online delivery of the program, from Growing Forward 2.
"This funding allows us to take the program into the 21st century," says Mark Beaven, executive director of the Coalition. It is estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 people are involved in the transportation of animals in Canada. Currently, about 1,500 transport drivers and handlers who load and unload livestock and poultry are certified. Re-training is required every three years to maintain certification and Beaven says the online program will not only make the recertification process more efficient and consistent but will allow more people across the country to participate.
The training involves everything from knowing the regulations and proper techniques for the safe handling of animals, to loading capacities and avoiding overcrowding as well as biosecurity and other protocols that are necessary to protect agricultural industries. Program details can be found at www.livestocktransport.ca.