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Consultation opens on cattle and sheep welfare standards

  A 60-day public consultation period opens today on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and for Sheep.
 
The development of the standards and guidelines is a joint government and industry initiative coordinated by Animal Health Australia (AHA) which will reduce the risks to welfare of cattle and sheep in Australia.

The purpose of the welfare standards is to create improved and nationally consistent rules for the care and management of livestock across all farming enterprises in Australia. 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.
 
 AHA Executive Manager, Dr Kevin de Witte said the consultation was an important opportunity for livestock producers and the wider community to have a say on significant welfare issues relating to cattle and sheep.
 
“At the end of the development process, the standards will be incorporated into state and territory legislation and become the legal requirements for livestock welfare, enforced by all the states and territories of Australia,” Dr de Witte said.
 
“The welfare standards cover the full range of on-farm cattle and sheep management practices where welfare is a consideration,” he said. “But live exports, saleyards, abattoirs and domestic transport are covered by separate arrangements.”
 
AHA is seeking views on how the draft welfare standards will help protect the welfare of cattle and sheep. Also open for comment is the associated Regulation Impact Statement, which aims to demonstrate the need for the standards, and identifies the key costs and benefits for cattle, sheep, producers, government and the wider community.
 
“These draft documents have been under development for some time, through a collaborative and scientifically based process involving government, industry and animal welfare groups,” Dr de Witte said.
 
“I would encourage all interested members of the community to have their say.”
 
The public consultation period on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and for Sheep closes on 6 May 2013.
 
Visit www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au for further details and to download the relevant documents.
 
Email cattle submissions to publicconscattle@animalwelfarestandards.net.au and
 
Email sheep submissions to publicconssheep@animalwelfarestandards.net.au
 
For further information, please contact Dr Kevin de Witte on 02 6203 3913