Following release of the recent Independent Review of Conditions for the Export of Sheep to the Middle East during the Northern Hemisphere Summer (the McCarthy review), the department committed to further analysis and testing of a new approach to heat stress risk assessment (HSRA). In particular, focusing on recommendations 3–5, 7 and 8 of the McCarthy review. The issues paper seeks feedback on assessing heat stress in the sheep trade during the northern hemisphere summer, and to identify relevant research and information.
We have appointed a technical reference panel consisting of animal welfare and animal science experts to provide advice on moving from HSRA based on mortality, to one based on the animal’s signs of excessive heat loads.
Make a submission
The department is seeking your feedback on the issues paper to help inform proposals for a future HSRA.
Consultation is open until
19 October 2018.
The review timeline includes:
- release of an issues paper on heat stress risk assessment for public consultation
- analysis of submissions
- preparation of a draft findings and proposals paper by the technical reference panel
- consultation on the findings and proposals before a final decision is made.
Independent review of conditions
Dr McCarthy was engaged by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to advise on conditions (as specified in approved arrangements), any changes to the administration of ASEL and/or actions that would be required to assure health and welfare outcomes for sheep being transported to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer. The review was conducted in accordance with the
terms of reference.
Dr McCarthy provided his final report to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on 11 May 2018.
The report contains 23 recommendations and the department supports them. Some recommendations will be implemented immediately, while others will be subject to further research and consultation with industry and animal welfare experts. The department will also work collaboratively with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, where needed, to give effect to the recommendations of this report.
The department’s response has been updated to reflect that it will work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as necessary to phase out current transitional arrangements by 1 January 2020, rather than 1 January 2019 as was previously published.
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