Providing world leading animal care is a part of everything; it is good for our animals, ourselves, the farm, the dairy industry and New Zealand.
At DairyNZ we take animal welfare seriously and work with farmers and industry partners to raise awareness that every animal should be treated with care and respect. We work to understand consumer and market expectations in animal welfare, provide training to build skills and develop resources to support the best standards of care.
The Animal Protection Index, which ranks 50 countries across the world on their animal welfare standards, places New Zealand (along with the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland) in first place.
The Animal Welfare Act 1999 sets out how people should take care of and act towards animals. The Act sets out the obligations of animal owners or people in charge of animals.
Animal welfare regulations
Changes to the Animal Welfare Act in May 2015 gave MPI the ability to make regulations under the Animal Welfare Act. This means that MPI can better enforce the Act by setting out clear rules to protect animal welfare.
Find out about new animal welfare regulations here.
There are three codes of welfare that outline the industry agreed standards of animal care and good stockmanship practices. They are the Dairy Cattle, the Painful Husbandry Procedures and the Transport of Livestock within New Zealand Codes of Welfare. Find out more about the codes of welfare. It is important that farmers know about Codes of Welfare because they set out the 'Minimum Standards' required to meet the welfare requirements of different animals. Failure to meet a Minimum Standard can lead to prosecution.
Who can I contact for more information?
Veterinary advice: Your local vet
Codes of Welfare: MPI website
Report a welfare problem:
- Contact your local DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist on 0800 4 324 7969
- Ministry of Primary Industries 0800 00 83 33
- SPCA 0800 682 467 (Extn 1)