An­i­mal wel­fare now a ma­jor sell­ing point

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

At the Fed­er­ated Farm­ers an­nual Dairy Coun­cil meet­ing, New Zealand Ve­teri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dr Richard Wild dis­cussed an is­sue close to both groups’ hearts – their an­i­mals.

‘‘ The well­be­ing of our an­i­mals has al­ways been a pri­or­ity,’’ Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Dairy Coun­cil chair­man Lachlan McKen­zie said.

‘‘Dr Wild raised some great is­sues and fur­thered the de­bate on an­i­mal wel­fare.

‘‘We agree with Dr Wild that an­i­mal wel­fare is now a part of man­age­ment best prac­tice and go a step fur­ther.

‘‘We see it not just as a moral is­sue but it also good busi­ness sense.

‘‘The pub­lic votes with their feet and an­i­mal ne­glect, ob­vi­ously, doesn’t sell,’’

Mr McKen­zie said.

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