Fitness for transport certificates are a requirement for any animal that is not 100%, should you wish to transport it. This is for any type of transport, not just transport for slaughter.
Over the years the rules around these have become more stringent due to reviews of the Animal Welfare Act and to ensure that we meet the Market Access requirements of many of our customers.
There are several key considerations when deciding if it is feasible to issue a certificate for an animal, these include:
MPI has developed a very useful app Fit for transport, which outlines what is and isn’t allowed. I recommend downloading it. There are many cases where we cannot decide if the animal will or will not be ok for a certificate. It often comes down the meat plant vet and what they see when the animal gets off the truck. Many of us have received grumpy phone calls and emails from these vets and this can make us a bit gun shy about issuing certs for borderline cases. With that in mind it is now best for both parties (farmer and vet) if we can take a video/or photo and send it to the vet for feedback.This also means that should the animal’s condition considerably on transport there is also proof that it was ok when the certificate was issued. Please be aware there is a seven-day time frame on issued certificates.