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Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines: livestock at saleyard and depots

Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines: livestock at saleyard and depots

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: Livestock at Saleyards and Depots have been developed to safeguard the welfare of cattle off farms across Australia.

Australian Dairy Farmers (ADF) has worked closely with Dairy Australia and other livestock and animal welfare groups, to develop the standards with the Federal and State Governments. These guidelines provide the basis for developing and implementing consistent legislation and enforcement across Australia. They also provide guidance for all those responsible for livestock at saleyards, and reflect available scientific knowledge, current practise and community expectation.

Policy priorities

  • Ensure the standards and guidelines for the welfare of livestock at saleyards and depots are reflected in the industry-based quality assurance programs including livestock welfare provisions.

Contact Details

Level 2 Swann House
22 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: (03) 8621 4200

Fax: (03) 8621 4280

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