Welfare changes in New Zealand ramp up
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.