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SmartMoves workshop keeps cattle and truckers safe

North West Queensland livestock transporters, farmers, business managers, farm workers are urged to take the opportunity to enrol now in a SmartMoves workshop being held at Mt Isa in February.

Leading rural training organisation, Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, has developed the course to help the industry deal with impending changes to trucking and transport compliance this year. 

Smartmoves course Instructor Matt Bennetto said “for new people to the industry, or for those looking for a way to refresh their skills, this is a time-effective workshop to enable them to come up to speed on industry standards and regulations and other issues surrounding company and individual legal rights.”

“I think there is a real opportunity for industry to show leadership in demonstrating ‘best practise’ in livestock transport,” he said.

“Pressure is being applied to the trucking industry from a range of fronts – including discussion around potential changes to volumetric loading.  By taking the lead in ensuring that our operators are trained to legislative requirements is one of the best ways to adapt to new regulations.”

“Of particular importance are changes to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws coming in 2018 which will align CoR laws more closely with workplace health and safety laws throughout the beef supply chain.”

As a property manager himself, Mr Bennetto can see firsthand the benefit to the course.  “I manage two cattle stations – my home cattle station at Charters Towers and a downs block we use for fattening, south of Julia Creek.  Using trucking operators that are practical and abreast of current legislative requirements ensures that all cattle moves go smoothly,” he said.

“I urge people to register now for this essential livestock transport training, and a hands-on experience of modern techniques that have the potential to implement the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines Land Transport of Livestock best practices,” said Mr Bennetto.

“A few spaces are left in the next workshop being run in Mt Isa on 27 and 28 February,” he said.

Under the recently signed partnership with AgForce, members will also receive a discounted rate to attend SmartMoves.

Bookings are essential, and to register, contact Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges on 1800 888 710, email enquiries@qatc.edu.au or visit https://www.qatc.edu.au/courses/course-finder/smartmoves/ .

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