Livestock transportation is no ordinary distribution and transport system. Delivering a live cargo adds all sorts of extra logistical dimensions far beyond just getting the trucks on the road. And each of those dimensions brings an extra level of complexity to the transportation process, from animal welfare, stress reduction, and disease control to capacity restrictions and collection/ delivery windows. The AMCS Livestock Planner takes all these extra challenges into account, providing the solution companies need to do livestock transportation right.
Addressing Efficiency and Animal Welfare Challenges
Transportation activities are costly in any industry and efficiency is always paramount. With livestock, however, the added dimensions of animal health and welfare make efficient planning and delivery even more challenging. The extra costs associated with things going wrong can be high.
Time on trucks
Live cargo is, if you will forgive the pun, a ‘whole other animal’ to a crate of machine parts or a pallet of potting soil when it comes to scheduling, handling, and potential delays. Timing is everything and the goal of livestock logistics is always to minimize the time animals spend on trucks. Delays lead to more stressed animals and have consequences for the rest of the transportation schedule that can drive up costs significantly
Exceeding the maximum amount of time animals may be in transit is costly in terms of both animal health and logistics expense. Many countries require offloading animals and allowing them to rest, at animal transport ‘hotels’ for example, overnight or when the travel time limit has been reached.
Unexpected offloading requirements because of changes or delays in the schedule are undesirable in an industry with narrow margins.
The challenges of delivering a live cargo
From animal welfare, stress reduction, and disease control to capacity restrictions and collection/ delivery windows.