Livestock Loading Ramps

Getting livestock on and off your property is no easy feat. It is particularly difficult because transport is a stressful experience for livestock, so their actions are often more unpredictable than normal. It’s a process that involves substantial risk, for both the people and animals involved, so to ensure smooth movement, it is important you have the right livestock loading ramps on your property.



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According to the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, there are general design principles people should follow when designing livestock loading ramps

  • Ramps should be constructed appropriate to the species of stock and vehicles used
  • Ramps should be aligned north-south to avoid loading into the sun
  • Ramps should be installed with noise and visual distractions minimised
  • If the facility will be used at night, adequate overhead lighting should be installed to light up pens, loading areas and vehicles
  • Ramps should be built to enable single-operator use and ease of operation
  • Farmers should consult with facility users to assist in the initial design phase
  • Ramps materials should be non-slip and non-bruising
  • Facilities should be clean and in a good state of repair
  • Rated capacity should be displayed on the ramp and the working load limit displayed on any winch or hoist
  • Anyone using the facilities should be adequately trained
  • There should be emergency contact details signage on the ramps
  • Facility users should report all faults and safety issues to management



There are actions you can take to ensure your livestock loading ramps are up to scratch.

  • Ensure your ramps are adequately designed for the species on your farm and vehicles used to load/unload
  • Ensure your facility is aligned north-south
  • Ensure there are no noise and visual distractions near the facility
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting around the facility
  • If you are about to build a facility, ensure you consult with facility users in the initial design phase
  • Ensure the ramps are made out of non-slip, non-bruising materials
  • Ensure the rated capacity is displayed on the ramp, and the working load limit on any winch or hoist
  • Check that all staff using the facilities are trained
  • Ensure there are emergency contact details displayed on the ramps
  • Ensure staff are aware that they must report any faults of the ramps to management