Livestock farmers need to reclaim emotional space around animal welfare

Sheep Central, 11 May 2018

LIVESTOCK farmers need to reclaim the emotional space in animal welfare policy discussions and align with community and consumer expectations or risk their farming practices being determined by activists.

Animal welfare part of new LPA requirements effective from 1 October

Sheep Central, 15 September 2017

LPA-accredited producers are being reminded to have a copy of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines on hand and be familiar with its contents prior to the changes to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program taking effect from 1 October.

More Livestock Production Assurance events announced for Victoria

Terry Sim, 13 September 2017

VICTORIAN livestock producers will be able to choose from three Livestock Production Assurance events in the state over the next four weeks, as the October 1 deadline for the filing of farm biosecurity plans draws closer. The Victorian Farmers Federation Livestock Health and Biosecurity program will help livestock producers in the state understand and implement

Superfine wool growers adopt policy encouraging an end to mulesing

Sheep Central, 23 August 2017

AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers have adopted a policy encouraging the ultimate removal of the need for mulesing.

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.