Wel­fare changes in New Zealand ramp up

Central Queensland News - - RURALWEEKLY -

PRO­DUC­ERS in New Zealand have just weeks left be­fore a ban on mulesing sheep comes into ef­fect.

The mulesing ban is one of a num­ber of changes to the coun­try’s An­i­mal Wel­fare Care and Pro­ce­dures reg­u­la­tions, which will be en­forced from Oc­to­ber 1.

Any­one who con­tin­ues to mules will face the prospect of a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion, as well as a fine of up to $NZ3000 for an in­di­vid­ual or $NZ15,000 for the busi­ness.

The mulesing ban sits along­side changes to the way in which cat­tle and sheep can be cas­trated, the way in which stock can be trans­ported, when and how elec­tric prod­ders can be used and more.

New Zealand’s Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries is re­mind­ing farm­ers to change farm poli­cies and pro­vide ad­di­tional staff train­ing to make way for the changes.

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