livestock transporters have formed a coalition to develop solutions
for carriers that have been hit hard by a sharp decline in business
due to the one isolated case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(BSE), also known as Mad Cow disease, discovered in Northern Alberta
this past May.
by chairman Greg Hutton of Lloyd Hutton Transport Ltd. in Paisley,
Ontario, the group hopes to raise the profile of the plight of Ontario
livestock transporters to governments and the public.
been a tough road since that one case of BSE emerged this past spring,”
Hutton says. “A lot of attention has been given to cattle farmers
in recent weeks, and we acknowledge that their businesses and livelihoods
are at stake, too, and believe me, we sympathize. But, as is often
the case, the guys that have invested lots of money into specialized
equipment to move live animals appear to have been forgotten.”
data suggest that Ontario livestock transporters have suffered declines
in cattle and related livestock trucking revenue in the range of
85 percent, with little opportunity to shift to other types of freight,
given the specialized nature of the equipment involved.
addition to appointing a chairman, the coalition has established
an executive board, which has developed an action plan to ensure
that the difficulties experienced by livestock truckers receive
the appropriate attention.
believe that we stand a better chance in getting a proper hearing
of our views as a united organization, as opposed to lobbying as
individual carriers,” notes Hutton.
livestock carriers interested in joining the coalition are urged
to contact Greg Hutton at (519) 353-5601.