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

Info for Members: Changes to Intensive Winter Grazing Rules

Posted on 19/03/2021
As we promised earlier in the week, we’ve taken a look at the announcement Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor made about Cabinet delaying the implementation of the currently unworkable intensive winter grazing.

Regional Burning of Fallen Stock Rules

Posted on 7/12/2020
The below is a summary as at 20 July 2020, and it is based on our initial appraisal...

Submission on the regulation of inhibitors used in agriculture

Posted on 6/10/2020
Federated Farmers has a keen interest in the regulation of inhibitors, given the need for farmers and the primary sector to develop cost-effective mitigations, particularly for greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of nutrient loss on freshwater (

Animal Welfare Contacts

Julie Geange

Team Leader Industry Policy
Policy Advisor, Meat & Wool

M: 021 158 0424

The Federated Farmers style for staff and elected officials’ email addresses is – first initial surname@fedfarm.org.nz e.g. fdagg@fedfarm.org.nz