Workshop to focus on animal welfare
A workshop will help dairy farmers understand animal welfare laws and work out their options for keeping on the right side of impending new regulations.
The DairyNZ four-hour session on stock welfare will take place in Hamilton on June 9.
DairyNZ’s animal welfare team leader Chris Leach said the workshop was an easy way for farmers to quickly bring themselves up to speed with everything they needed to know about animal welfare.
‘‘The workshop will help farmers clearly understand what the rules are, what farmers can do to comply and provide some practical instruction to train staff on their farms,’’ he said.
‘‘We had a change to the animal welfare code last year and other proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act are going through parliament right now and are expected to come into force later this year. These latest changes are likely to give the Ministry for Primary Industries greater powers to issue infringement notices and fines.’’
The workshop will also cover the options for managing tails and the euthanasia of calves, ensuring cattle are fit for transport and the tools and strategies to help train farm employees welfare practices.
‘‘The workshops will be delivered by local veterinarians and will help farmers minimise any risks to their business.
‘‘It’s also about helping farmers to know how to instil a first–class animal welfare culture in their farm team,’’ Leach said.
‘‘Our industry is committed to farming to high standards of animal health, welfare and well-
good being and most farmers take their responsibilities very seriously,’’ he said.
The Dairy Women’s Network is joining with DairyNZ to take the longer four-hour ‘‘stock welfare’’ workshops. These sessions will run in Ruawai in Northland and various parts of the Waikato, the West Coast, Canterbury and Southland.
‘‘ These stock welfare workshops will run from 10am to 2.30pm and will cover a bit more such as practical skills training.
‘‘They are also aimed at the decision-makers in the farming business – and include a lunch with other farmers to discuss welfare and other issues,’’ Leach said.