The northern hemisphere summer will continue to span from the start of May until October’s end, following the latest review of Australia’s live shipping trade. The new Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock, which is titled ASEL 3.0, has proposed that northern hemisphere summer remain from May 1 to October 31. Last year, the northern summer was considered from June 1 to August 31. Under the incoming ASEL 3.0 recommendations, the updated heat-stress risk assessment standards for livestock will apply to voyages from May 1 to October 31. However, the ASEL 3.0 technical advisory committee, chaired by Plant Health Australia chairman and former rural banker Steve McCutcheon, also called for the HSRA standards to be reviewed in the coming years. “(It is recommended) the standards be revised over time to require the application of an agreed HSRA to all livestock voyages that cross the equator, at all times of the year, from all Australian ports,” it said. “This requirement will require significant model development and a staged implementation approach.” The committee also proposed that once a separate review of the HSRA model for sheep exports to the Middle East was completed “the testing criteria in the standards should be revised to support the new model”. The ASEL 3.0 draft was released last month and is expected to be legislated by November 1.