Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle
- Nationally consistent implementation of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle.
The animal welfare system in Australia aims to ensure all animals receive a high level of care and treatment. This includes ensuring adequate housing or habitat, handling sanitation, nutrition, water and veterinary care. The draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle have been developed to safeguard the welfare of cattle on farms across Australia.
The standards, developed by the Federal and State Governments in consultation with Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF), Dairy Australia and other livestock and animal welfare groups, create clear and consistent regulation based on current scientific knowledge, industry practices and community expectations. Addressing issues including breeding management, feed and water, and risk management in extreme weather, the dairy industry welcomes these legal requirements and endorses their consistent implementation across the dairy supply chain.
Most Australian producers are already exceeding the requirements of these standards. However, it is important for all dairy farmers to comprehend their responsibilities under these proposed new laws, and to adhere to them. The Australian dairy industry looks to Governments to fully implement these provisional standards via State and Territory regulation.