Today we stopped a livestock truck with pregnant heifers from Estonia heading to Turkey – a journey of estimated 140 hours! The cattle were loaded on two decks and did not have enough headspace. The bedding was already really dirty and there was no extra bedding or extra feed on board of the truck, as required by law. Thanks to exemplary work of the ITD and Veterinary inspectors, the truck was sent to the nearest control post, with the order to unload the cattle and only continue the journey with the use of a second truck so that the cattle would be only loaded on one deck and thus have adequate headspace.
Two other livestock trucks were stopped during this practical training day. The first truck looked familiar, and indeed it was the same one that we inspected yesterday, with the same driver. We were pleased to see again proper conditions for the animals. The driver only received a warning for incomplete documentation under Art. 4 of Reg. 1/2005. The second national pig transport was correct as well, the only shortcoming was missing information in transport documentation.