Livestock Transport (NLTSG)

National Livestock Transport & Safety Group

Minutes from NLTSG Meetings 

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


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.

NZLTA programme website

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