Animal Welfare

Good animal welfare is good for business, there's no two ways about it. In order for New Zealand to remain global leaders in animal welfare practices, regulation and policy is constantly evolving to keep pace with modern farming systems, science, technology, our environment and biosecurity.  Our work in this space is strong advocacy to ensure that everyone knows their obligations regarding the treatment and welfare of animals from beginning to end of the supply chain and that requirements are workable, sustainable and science-based. We promote partnerships with the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, National Animal Welfare Emergency Management Committee and World Animal Protection NZ. 

What's been happening

Animal Welfare Regulations October 1 2018 Factsheet

Posted on 19/06/2019
A list of all the regulations that come into effect on October 1st 2018 and cover cattle, sheep, deer, goats and dogs are available in this fact sheet.

Feds Wins - Animal Welfare Factsheet

Posted on 30/08/2018
On March 29 2018 a new set of Animal Welfare regulations were released. These are additional to the Young Calves regulations released in 2016 and there are still more to come that were part of the 2016 consultation. These provide an additional enforc

Mycoplasma Bovis

Posted on 9/08/2017
Latest updates and information

Animal Welfare Contacts

Ann Thompson

Policy Advisor, Dairy
T: 04 494 9191
M: 022 629 3632

Julie Geange

Policy Advisor, Meat & Wool
M: 021 158 0424