To find out more about the proposed regulations, visit the MPI website.
Key points for farmers
The significant proposed regulations include:
- Stock transport – animals with injured or diseased udders cannot be transported.
- Tail docking – a person must not shorten or remove the tail of any cattle beast.
- Castration – when castrating or shortening the scrotum of a bull over the age of six months pain relief must be used (for any method of castration). If high tension bands are used to castrate an animal local anaesthetic must be used to provide pain relief (at any age).
- Disbudding – pain relief required at all ages.
- Dehorning – pain relief required at all ages.
- Assisting calving cows – No use of traction with a moving vehicle, motorised winch or any other device that does not allow for the quick release of tension for the purposes of calving cows.
The above points are proposals, which will go to a parliamentary drafting committee to write the regulations, and from there they will be approved to become law. Find out more on the MPI website.