A joint request has been made by American Farm Bureau, the Livestock Marketing Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and others for an exemption from the hours-of-service regs for livestock haulers. Animal welfare is a reason cited by the farm groups. The same petition was submitted in mid-October. Due to the government shutdown and a backlog of requests, it has taken more time than expected for the petition to be officially filed for public comment. The petition seeks a five-year HOS exemption.