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

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 (

Cabinet announces live export review timetable

Posted on 22/09/2020
As you will be aware MPI has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. This follows the loss of the Gulf Livestock 1 in a maritime tragedy...

‘Existing use rights’ and existing resource consents for winter grazing this season

Posted on 7/09/2020
New national rules apply to intensive winter grazing from 1 May 2021, under the new National Environmental Standards for Freshwater Regulations 2020 (NES)...

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