Livestock Transport (National Livestock Transport & Safety Group)

Proposed changes to improve NAIT

RTF and NLTSG’s submission on the National Animal Identification and Tracing Amendment Bill (No 2)

Worksafe NZ updates for livestock transporters

Mycoplasma bovis – MPI advice

Advice for trucking companies

Trucking companies should work with farmers to meet their hygiene requirements.

All the properties under a Restricted Place Notice require permits to move animals between properties and to slaughter. The permits require the truck to be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each movement.

Is it safe for tradies/truckies to move from affected farms to my farm?

It is absolutely safe for tradies/truckies to move from infected farms to other properties.

All infected farms are under strict legal controls under the Biosecurity Act. These controls include a comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocol which has been provided to them by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). This protocol ensures that vehicles pose a negligible biosecurity risk.

All vehicles are being cleaned and disinfected on leaving the properties. Vehicles carrying animals – for example, transporters to the meat processing premises – are disinfecting on exit, going directly to the meat processor (not to other farms) and then being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the plant on completing the job.

Vehicles from neighbouring farms are not required to clean vehicles leaving their properties as the biosecurity risk is considered by MPI to be very small.

Further information is available here.

New Zealand Livestock Transport Assurance Programme

The New Zealand Livestock Transport Assurance (NZLTA) programme’s purpose is to ensure that all livestock being transported to processing plants are treated humanely and with proper regard for their welfare, meeting the requirements of the New Zealand Code of Animal Welfare.

The NZLTA has been set up at the instigation of some of New Zealand’s major processing companies: AFFCO New Zealand, South Pacific Meats Ltd, Canterbury Meat Packers, Riverlands Meats, Ovation New Zealand and Silver Fern Farms.

From December 31 2013 all trucking operators transporting stock to these company’s plants must be a member of the NZLTA. Their drivers must be trained by an NZLTA-approved trainer and registered with the NZLTA. Drivers who have completed the CMP Transport Quality Assurance Programme or the Alliance Transport Accreditation Programme do not require further training.

The driver training programme has been developed by the Road Transport Forum and the trainers are approved by the NZLTA administrators. Preference is given to suitably experienced livestock operators and industry participants as trainers.

To ensure that operators and drivers continue to meet the NZLTA’s standards, audits of drivers, vehicles and animals will be carried out at processor sites by the processing company and AsureQuality staff. Transport operators will be audited by AsureQuality every 18 months.

Transport Operators joining the NZLTA Programme must complete and submit anapplication form along with a current driver training register that includes:
• Driver first name and surname
• Colour photocopy or image of driver’s licence
• Training record including date of training and approved trainer details

NZLTA Programme driver trainers need to meet the trainer criteria and complete the trainer commitment to the NZLTA Programme principles. For the register of approved driver trainers click here


Minutes from NLTSG Meetings 

Minutes of the Road Transport Forum New Zealand National Livestock Transport & Safety Group meeting held at the Mirimar Golf Club on 15 November 2019 (Click here)

Launch of the RTF Crate Accreditation & NZ Livestock Transport Assurance Programmes (Click here)

RTF/NZLTA QR Coded Tags (Click here)

Programme Booklet (Click here)


  • Scope and purpose of the programme
  • Truck and livestock crate requirements
  • Transport operator, truck driving and animal welfare
  • Livestock transportation
  • Animal transport documentation
  • Quality assurance system
  • Driver support
  • Transport scheduling and communication
  • NZLTA audit programmes including audit process and flow chart
  • Truck unit and driver check flow chart
  • Driver accreditation flow chart
  • Animals’ fitness for transport
  • Bobby calf transport
  • Transport company and driver training register

Terms and conditions and driver trainer commitment form (Click here)

Sets out the programme ethics, information about reporting breaches of standard and the commitment form for driver trainers

Trainer criteria (Click here)

Details the qualifications required to be a trainer

Driver training and assessment guide for trainers (Click here)

Specifies the knowledge drivers must have to be accredited to the programme

Truck driver criteria (Click here)

Sets out the criteria for assessing a driver’s competence and knowledge of equipment, stockmanship, contingency planning, occupational health and safety and documentation

Electronic cattle prodder best practice guide (Click here)

Contains guidance on the use of electronic cattle prodders

Refusal to transport unfit animals form (Click here)

This form may be used by livestock transporters to aid in the refusal of unfit livestock presented for transport.

For the NZLTA Programme website and the register of approved trainers click here

Stock Crate Code – For the latest edition of the Stock Crate Code click here