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VFF rejects RSPCA call to close saleyards

The RSPCA’s call to stop beef cattle being sold through saleyards is illogical and would undermine many rural economies, the Victorian Farmers Federation says. The RSPCA’s Beef Cattle Guidelines, released this week, claimed cattle are stressed by being transported to and from saleyards. “It’s an absurd suggestion,” VFF Livestock president Ian Feldtmann said. “Saleyards are an essential part of a cattle farmer’s productivity.” Mr Feldtmann said the livestock industry already had Australian Animal Welfare Standards for the Land Transport of Livestock, which had been enforceable since 2009. “The standards are in place to ensure cattle are protected during transportation,” he said. “The RSPCA is making a mockery of existing animal welfare legislation by not even offering an alternative solution to the saleyard.” The call to remove the saleyard is part of an unrealistic theme that runs throughout the welfare guidelines released by the RSPCA. The RSPCA also states that dogs must not be used in the land transport of beef cattle. “A well trained dog is a crucial part of cattle farmers’ operations,” Mr Feldtmann said. “It’s all well and good to have a wish list this close to Christmas, but making impractical suggestions like getting rid of saleyards and cattle dogs is a waste of time and effort on behalf of the RSPCA.”

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