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Stock Movement on Public Roads

Follow this Safe Work Procedure when moving stock on a public road.

What are the minimum operator requirements?

  • Stockpeople must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by person in charge of the workplace
  • Vehicles, ATVs or two wheeled motorcycle operators must meet requirements of the relevant Safe Work Procedure.

What equipment do you need?

  • If using motorbikes or an ATV, helmets are to be worn as per standard practice
  • Road cones and/or stock warning signs
  • Means of communication (if available), e.g. radio or cell phone
  • High-visibility reflective jacket or high-visibility vest

General Procedure

  • If available, cellular or radio communications are to be used to communicate between the front and back of the mob.
  • Confirm with local council whether a permit is required for the move
  • Ensure road cones or stock warning signs are in place where road traffic has adequate time to stop
  • No movement is to occur on the road during hours of darkness or when visibility is less than 100 metres
  • Livestock in one mob cannot exceed 600 head of cattle or 3000 head of sheep
  • Stock is to be kept moving at all times
  • There is to be a minimum of two stockpeople for the task. One in front and one at the rear of the mob. They are to maintain control of the stock and alert traffic
  • Advise traffic on how to move through the mob if they are uncertain

What are the risks?

Collisions with motor vehicles or other road traffic.

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