Farmscape for July 27, 2012 (Episode 4204)
The Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program project coordinator expects a fully revised livestock transport training program to be ready for classroom delivery across Canada by the end of this year.
Alberta Farm Animal Care is in the process of updating the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program, formerly the Certified Livestock Transport Training Program.
Although the program was originally developed in Alberta for Alberta livestock haulers it's been delivered across Canada and it now being developed into a truly national livestock transport training program.
Geraldine Auston, the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program project coordinator, notes the training is recognized in both Canada and the U.S. and it adheres to guidelines set by the OIE.
Clip-Geraldine Auston-Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program:
The CLT is actually the only multi-species transport certification program in North America and it started development in 2005 and was launched in Alberta under Certified Livestock Transport in May 2007.
Currently we have cattle so beef and dairy, hogs, sheep, horse and poultry and all poultry.
Who would be interested in taking it?
We've trained everybody from the dispatchers so that they know all the different rules and considerations on the road, management at processing facilities, staff at processing facilities for offloading information, handlers on the farm, people that are thinking about loading whether it's management or if they've had staff doing those sorts of things, making the right decisions to ship animals and understanding what animals can't be shipped and what those rules are around fitness or transport.
Auston notes the five training modules that make up the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program are at various stages of re-development but all will be ready for delivery in the classroom by the end of this year and by next summer the training will be ready to be taken on-line.
She adds, once the updates are complete, the program will also be fully bilingual.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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