The new standards and guidelines will replace the current model codes of practice for the welfare of cattle and sheep and cover a full range of on-farm cattle and sheep management practices such as castration, dehorning and tail docking.
Pen density, mulesing, natural disaster risk management, humane killing and intensive sheep production management are covered in the guidelines for sheep.
Cattle standards also cover calf-rearing systems, dairy management and beef feedlots in addition to feed and water requirements and producer responsibilities.
Issue such as live exports, saleyards, abattoirs and domestic transport are not included in these standards because they are covered by separate arrangements. Given that the live export trade to Egypt has been suspended today following allegations from Animals Australia of extreme cruelty it is unfortunate that the issue isn’t open for discussion/ Particularly as Federal agriculture minister Joe Ludwig’s response to the allegations and footage -which he admitted was sickening – was to say the live export industry has “a bright future”.