Livestock trading agents, auctioneers and transporters have an important role to play as links in the production chain, even though their contact with the animal may be short-lived. They have to:

  • put in place a bookkeeping system with detailed records of all animals passing through their hands (identification numbers and dates of transactions at the very least);
  • regularly notify (on a weekly or monthly basis) the central authority of all animal movements both into and out of their enterprises;
  • maintain animal welfare standards in terms of the facilities they use, animal management, vehicle standards and acceptable driving practices.

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