The new health of animal regulations limits lamb transport.
The regulations, which come into effective Feb. 20, 2020, changes transport time requirements.
Lambs less than eight day olds cannot go to an auction mart. They may be transported one time only, for a maximum of twelve hours, and twelve hours is the maximum time lambs under a week of age may go without feed, water and rest.
Lambs older than eight days of age, but not weaned, can be transported for a max of 12 hours, and can be sold through an auction market. However, they must also have access to feed water and rest within twelve hours.
Lactating ewes in peak lactation are unfit for transport. If in normal lactation, the ewe has to be milked adequately to prevent mammary engorgement.
Cull ewes have to be assessed carefully before transport and the driver must be informed of all pertinent pre-existing conditions.
Unfit animals can only be transported under the recommendation of a veterinarian and with the aim of receiving veterinary care. Compromised animals must be transported to the nearest place where they can receive care or be humanely killed. (They cannot be sold through an auction market.)
The maximum interval for a compromised animal to go without feed, water and rest, is twelve hours.