Has the feedlot ensured that livestock husbandry and management practices minimise the risk of bruising, hide and skin damage with consideration to husbandry practices such as horn length and vaccination.
Are feedlot pens and associated yards and loading facilities are constructed and maintained in a manner to minimise bruising and injury.
Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals
Animal Processing records
Staff training records
Has livestock been prepared adequately for transport and have they been selected as fit for the intended journey in accordance with MLA Document 'Is it Fit to Load (as amended).
MLA is it Fit to Load Document
Are there appropriate procedures implemented to address animal welfare at the feedlot in accordance with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Cattle (as amended).
Are the pens that are regularly used for hospital purposes clearly identified within the feedlot.
Is the stocking of hospital pens managed within the feedlot's allowable stocking density on an individual pen basis.
Is there a person in charge to ensure the cleaning of feed yards on a planned basis
Is there a person in charge to ensure the maintenance of surfaces on a planned basis is carried out and that pen surfaces can drain freely
Is there clean and potable fresh water readily available and are troughs cleaned regularly.
Is there a person that is responsible for communicating with the transport company or driver to provide effective instructions on the practices and arrangements for unloading and managing livestock if cattle are delivered out of hours.
Are there SOPs in place for humane destruction methods so that there is an immediate loss of consciousness followed by death while unconscious.
Does the person humanely destroying an animal take reasonable action to confirm the animal is dead or to ensure death.
Is there a Pregnancy and Calving Management Plan documented and implemented in order to manage the welfare of cows/heifers and calves.
Is there an accredited Animal Welfare Officer on site.
Model of Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Cattle
Pregnancy and Calving Management Plan
Trough Cleaning Records
Staff Training records
Pen stocking densities
Are Corrective actions required