Guidelines for the welfare of cattle, sheep and goats are an important part of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy, and are just as stringent as EU welfare standards in improving the lives of farm animals.
They are developed, supported and funded by the government, the Australian Dairy Farmers association, the Australian Lot Feeders Association and the Cattle Council of Australia.
The guidelines serves as the practical basis for implementing consistent welfare standards across Australia. They also exist to guarantee that those responsible for the care and management of cattle, sheep and goats are meeting the essential requirements, and can be verified as doing so.
These guidelines cover the daily care of an animal (providing feed/water) as well as care at important life stages (breeding, birthing, weaning, rearing). They also provide a rubric on how to approach the construction, maintenance and operation of facilities/equipment in such a way that minimizes stress or harm to livestock.
- 🖺 Cattle Welfare Standards (including dehorning and dairy production)
- 🖺 Sheep Welfare Standards (including wool harvesting, tail docking and mulesing)
- 🖺 Goat Welfare Standards
Article Date: 6th May 2019