March 8, 2013
Make sure you have your say on draft national sheep and cattle welfare standards. The Federal Governemnt in conjunction with Industry and Animal Health Australia released its draft Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Cattle and Sheep “The consultation period offers Victorian livestock producers an important opportunity to have their say on standards and guidelines. “The harmonisation of animal welfare standards and guidelines will strengthen Victorian farmer’s dedication in this area,” VFF Livestock President Ian Feldtmann said today. “We have been waiting since 2009 for this consultation RIS to be released – so it is of great relief to the industry to see progression. The welfare standards and guidelines form a critical component of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) that guide the development of new, nationally consistent animal welfare regulations across states and territories. With animal welfare groups, industry and government playing a key role in the development of the draft guidelines, the VFF is calling on its members to get involved. “While the VFF welcome the draft standards, we hope that the final guidelines will be fair for farmers. The last thing we would like to see is more red tape,” Mr Feldtmann said. The standards and guidelines will replace the current Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Cattle and Sheep, with the main difference being that the new standards are based on the latest knowledge and technology and will be adopted into legislation. The standards and guidelines have been developed in partnership with industry, service providers, scientists, welfare groups, state and territory governments and the commonwealth. The development process has been coordinated by Animal Health Australia using a business plan endorsed by primary industry ministers.