Heat stress risk assessment for the export of sheep to the Middle East

The current heat stress risk assessment (HSRA) model is under review by an independent technical reference panel, consisting of experts in heat stress, animal welfare and animal science. The review is focused on recommendations 3–5, 7 and 8 of the McCarthy review.

The panel sought initial feedback from the public and is now recommending a new approach.

You can now provide feedback on the panel’s recommendations on the new approach to heat stress risk assessment (HSRA) for exported sheep.

The department has also prepared a short paper on what the panel’s recommendations mean, which you can also download.

Make a submission

To have your say:

  • read the panel’s report and recommendations
  • upload a written submission using our online form.

Submissions close 1 March 2019.

The review

The department appointed a technical reference panel comprising experts in animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science, to provide advice on Dr McCarthy’s recommendations for HSRA. This review focused on the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.

The panel has provided a report including recommendations on the heat stress risk assessment for consideration by the department.

Out of scope

This review will not:

  • make recommendations about heat stress risk assessment for other exported livestock
  • assess other livestock export licencing and regulatory arrangements such as the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, approved arrangements and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System
  • examine legislation enabling livestock exports with the view to amending it
  • comment on the suitability of domestic animal welfare standards for livestock.

The current heat stress risk assessment (HSRA) model is under review by an independent technical reference panel, consisting of experts in heat stress, animal welfare and animal science. The review is focused on recommendations 3–5, 7 and 8 of the McCarthy review.

The panel sought initial feedback from the public and is now recommending a new approach.

You can now provide feedback on the panel’s recommendations on the new approach to heat stress risk assessment (HSRA) for exported sheep.

The department has also prepared a short paper on what the panel’s recommendations mean, which you can also download.

Make a submission

To have your say:

  • read the panel’s report and recommendations
  • upload a written submission using our online form.

Submissions close 1 March 2019.

The review

The department appointed a technical reference panel comprising experts in animal welfare, heat stress, and animal science, to provide advice on Dr McCarthy’s recommendations for HSRA. This review focused on the export of sheep to the Middle East during the northern hemisphere summer.

The panel has provided a report including recommendations on the heat stress risk assessment for consideration by the department.

Out of scope

This review will not:

  • make recommendations about heat stress risk assessment for other exported livestock
  • assess other livestock export licencing and regulatory arrangements such as the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, approved arrangements and Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System
  • examine legislation enabling livestock exports with the view to amending it
  • comment on the suitability of domestic animal welfare standards for livestock.