Work­shop to fo­cus on an­i­mal wel­fare

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.

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