Launch of a campaign to promote safety at livestock auctions

A NEW awareness campaign on how livestock markets continue to operate to the highest standards of animal health, safety and welfare is launched by the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA).

The LAA supports the Farm Safety Foundation’s annual national campaign – Farm Safety Week July 19-23 – by highlighting its members’ commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for the live sale of livestock in stores across the England and Wales, like Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease.

A key initiative was the introduction of a driver training program by the LAA in 2017, developed by independent Animal-I training professionals, and in cooperation with AHDB.

The Safe Hands Master Drover program improves upon existing training practices, providing a series of units covering handling, animal welfare, health and safety and market requirements.

Originally designed and delivered on a train-the-trainer basis, the material owned by LAA has now been converted into a series of online training modules, with the association now further developing course content and delivery options in its member markets. .

“The role of the market is very diverse and animal welfare and human safety standards are critical to its success,” says Zanna Dennis, Business Development Manager at LAA, who oversaw the development and delivery of Safe Hands Master. Drover program to member markets.

“This is part of an ongoing initiative, based on practical advice and guidance to strengthen our measures to protect the health, safety and well-being of market customers, staff teams and of course livestock. for which we are responsible, ”she adds.

The AAL is working on several new health and safety orientation initiatives and programs that will be rolled out over the summer and beyond. Full details will follow, with updates also announced via and via LAA social media platforms.

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