Live export stockperson course can lead to a management role

Sheep Central, May 30, 2018

LIVECORP will hold its next shipboard stockpersons’ training course in Fremantle on July 3-6.

The program aims to produce provisionally accredited stockpersons to service the livestock export industry in accordance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock.

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council said the course includes classroom tutorials and training together with practical animal handling training and assessment at nearby cattle and sheep feedlots. There may also be an opportunity to visit a livestock ship in port, depending on sailing schedules of vessels.

On-board stockpersons are responsible for the management of the health, welfare and physical needs of Australian livestock exported by sea during loading, voyage and discharge. It is a condition under ASEL that all stockpersons accompanying livestock on sea voyages be accredited by LiveCorp.

The course teaches participants about adapting to life and work on board; animal handling; detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases; and feed, water and deck management. A prerequisite for acceptance into the training program is demonstrated stock handling experience.

Facilitator Blythe Calnan will draw on her experience working in the livestock export industry, and as a livestock handling and welfare consultant, to present a number of sessions throughout the week, joined by animal handler Byron O’Keeke, veterinarian Renee Willis and head stockman Richard Leitch.

“Animal welfare and human welfare are both front of mind at all times in the livestock export industry.

“This course draws on the knowledge and experience of industry professionals who are passionate about both,” Ms Calnan said.

“The course prepares you for the role of shipboard stockperson by introducing you to valuable written and electronic resources, as well as practical skills.

“It’s an opportunity to learn from experienced industry professionals about maintaining the highest standard of welfare for the animals in your care,” she said.

Participants who satisfy the assessment requirements of the course will be awarded a provisional accreditation certificate. Full accreditation is gained after the completion of two voyages, where competency is assessed.

“The number of people now working at a management level in the industry who started out as on-board stockies is impressive,” Ms Calnan said.

“For anyone looking to further their career in the livestock industry, this course is a really valuable and widely respected addition to your resumé.”

Places within the courses are limited and interested applicants are encouraged to register via LiveCorp without delay. Application forms may be completed online:

Further information:

Source: ALEC.


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