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NZ Lifestyle Block - - YOUR POULTRY -

Much of the code is com­mon sense and is based on the health and wel­fare of the birds. These are con­di­tions which must be ad­hered to by com­mer­cial poul­try farm­ers and are mon­i­tored by the var­i­ous reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties which gov­ern the poul­try in­dus­try and the re­source man­age­ment plans which are es­sen­tial for all flocks of over 100 birds. How­ever, I’m al­ways sur­prised by own­ers of small flocks who be­lieve the same codes do not ap­ply to them.

The wel­fare codes for lay­ing hens and meat chick­ens make in­ter­est­ing read­ing for both com­mer­cial and ama­teur flock own­ers, and an­swer many of the prac­ti­cal ques­tions of­ten asked, like the min­i­mum amount of space re­quired and ev­ery­day man­age­ment prac­tices.

The stan­dards also cover the care and man­age­ment of poul­try, and in ad­di­tion there are codes for other an­i­mals, in­clud­ing dairy and beef cat­tle, pigs, sheep, deer, dogs, cats, lla­mas, al­pacas, os­triches, emus, and cir­cus and zoo an­i­mals. The codes also out­line the wel­fare is­sues around pro­ce­dures con­nected with live­stock such as dock­ing lambs, slaugh­ter and trans­port.

The codes form part of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act 1999 so they out­line the min­i­mum stan­dards and also rec­om­mended best prac­tices. If a per­son is charged un­der the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act in re­la­tion to an of­fence, then ev­i­dence of a fail­ure to meet rel­e­vant min­i­mum stan­dards in the ap­pli­ca­ble code or codes may be used to sup­port the pros­e­cu­tion.

In de­fence of such a charge, ev­i­dence that you equalled or ex­ceeded the min­i­mum stan­dards in the rel­e­vant code(s) may be in­cluded.

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