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Fit to load data shows livestock industry takes welfare seriously

James Nason, 20 June 2017

The number of animals reported as arriving at export abattoirs in an unfit condition to load indicates Australian livestock producers, agents and transporters are mostly taking their responsibilities under Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock seriously.

New livestock welfare partnership to focus on ‘aversive’ management practices

Terry Sim, 15 May 2017

UP to $35 million will be invested over five years in a new Australian animal welfare partnership that will target ground-breaking research into aversive practices such as branding, dehorning, and castration.

Tri-Solfen creators sign $18m deal to tap $350m-plus pain relief market

Sheep Central, 05 April 2017

GLOBAL registration of the Australian pain relief and wound treatment product Tri-Solfen will be fast-tracked after the signing of an A$18 million share capital and licensing deal with English company Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.

First American flock certified under Responsible Wool Standard

Terry Sim, 03 April 2017

THE first American sheep farm to be certified to produce wool under Textile Exchange’s Responsible Wool Standard — Imperial Stock Ranch – is a seasoned ‘farm-to-fork’ and ‘ranch to runway’ performer.

PETA ups ante on shearer sheep cruelty cases

Terry Sim, 29 March 2017

ANIMAL rights body PETA has linked sheep shearing with drugs on a large roadside billboard in the western Victorian city of Horsham, as four shearers are about to be sentenced over 60 animal cruelty charges.

Productivity Commission says Australia needs a national animal welfare agency

Sheep Central, 29 March 2017

The Productivity Commission has been accused of ignoring significant industry and Government efforts to achieve world-leading animal welfare standards in Australian agriculture, and favouring skewed welfare group policies to solve problems that don’t actually exist.

Western Australia appoints experienced animal welfare leader

Sheep Central, 21 March 2017

FORMER World Organisation for Animal Health director Sarah Kahn will lead the team overseeing Western Australia’s animal welfare regulatory changes.

Vic farmer convicted for sheep cruelty

Sheep Central, 09 March 2017

A 45-year-old Murtoa man has pleaded guilty to 14 aggravated cruelty charges in relation to his sheep.

South Australian shearer banned for two years after PETA-inspired probe + VIDEO

Terry Sim, 12 December 2016

A SOUTH Australian shearer has effectively been banned from shearing sheep or being in charge of any farm animal in Victoria for two years, after pleading guilty to four animal cruelty offences relating to shearing in a north west Victorian shearing shed three years ago.

Call for national abattoir CCTV monitoring and Echuca plant closure

Terry Sim, 24 November 2016

ANIMALS Australia has called for closed circuit television camera monitoring in abattoirs nationally after troubled Echuca processor Riverside Meats agreed to install CCTV and have it independently monitored.