Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

Animals play a key role in many New Zealanders' lives

They offer food and fibre, income and education, and New Zealanders have elevated expectations that animals under human care are well looked after. Our farmers have a powerful reputation that has secured access to international markets – something the NZ economy relies on. However, this is not always the case.  

Some farmers become overwhelmed and dis-stressed and resort to anger - lashing out or hitting the animals requiring local vet/SPCA/MPI become involved.  

Buying or selling beef weaner calves? 

Check out this simple checklist to follow to ensure you maintain lifetime traceability of your animals. 

Incorporating good traceability practices into your day-to-day management is a great habit to develop. It helps protect your farm and livelihood in the event of a disease outbreak and reduces the chances of you not meeting your legal obligations and any associated fines or prosecutions for non-compliance.  Beef calf weaning checklist

 

Below are links to resources that support good husbandry. If you would like a Farmer Facilitator to work and support you in-confidence please contact your local trust.


Check out some useful articles about animal welfare:

Arable Awards - Save the date | 4th August 2022

8/4/2022 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Arable Awards - Save the date | 4th August 2022 | christchurch

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Changes to the Code of Welfare for Dairy Cattle

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) has reviewed the Code of Welfare for Dairy Cattle.

16 May 2022
Have your say The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) has reviewed the Code of Welfare for Dairy Cattle. It determined the code requires amendments to incorporate: advances...
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National Feed Coordination Service

Do you need help sourcing supplementary feed or grazing to help you get through the coming months?

08 Apr 2022

Feed Coordiantion Service - April 2022

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SIDE South Island Dairy Event 2022

8th - 9th June 2022 - Oamaru - Theme: Dynamic

6/8/2022 - 6/9/2022

SIDE 8-9 Juine, Oamaru

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Farmers urged to plan for processing disruptions from the Farm to Processor Animal Welfare Forum

The Farm to Processor Animal Welfare Forum is urging farmers to plan ahead for disruption at processors due to COVID-19.

02 Mar 2022

Farmers urged to plan for processing disruptions
The Farm to Processor Animal Welfare Forum is urging farmers to plan ahead for disruption at processors due to COVID-19.

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