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Fit to load data shows livestock industry taking welfare obligations seriously

James Nason, 20 June 2017

The number of animals reported as arriving at export abattoirs in an unfit condition to load indicates that Australian livestock producers, agents and transporters are largely taking their responsibilities under Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock seriously.

Vic truck driver fined $9000 for animal cruelty charges

Beef Central, 01 June 2017

A 60-year-old truck driver from Euroa, in north east Victoria, has been given a $9000 fine with conviction and a two year Conditional Order for failing to feed and provide treatment to his cattle.

Tasmanian farmer fined $50,000 for cruelty to cattle

Beef Central, 04 May 2017

A 76-year-old farmer from Tragowel in northern Victoria has been fined $50,000 with conviction and received a five year Conditional Order for failing to feed and provide veterinary attention to his cattle.

Productivity Commission says Australia needs a national animal welfare agency

Beef Central, 29 March 2017

The Productivity Commission has been accused of ignoring significant industry and Government efforts to achieve world-leading animal welfare standards in Australian agriculture, and favouring skewed welfare group policies to solve problems that don’t actually exist.

Animal welfare key component in new WA Rangelands Beef brand

Jon Condon, 27 March 2017

Western Australian processor Harvey Beef has partnered with the Kimberley and Pilbara Cattlemens Association in launching a new Rangelands beef brand this week, carrying a strong animal welfare component as part of its brand messaging.

RSPCA Victoria’s remit limited to ’10 livestock or less’

James Nason, 20 March 2017

RSPCA Victoria says a 10-year-old agreement limits its role to investigating animal welfare issues on farms to incidences where 10 or fewer livestock are involved.

VIc farmers urge State Govt to take animal welfare role from RSPCA

Beef Central, 15 March 2017

Victoria’s peak farm lobby group wants Agriculture Victoria to be given the undisputed authority to regulate commercial farming zones, and for the RSPCA’s role to be confined to watching over domestic animals.

Tri-Solfen pain relief approved for calves

Beef Central, 21 December 2016

The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) has extended the approved use of Tri-Solfen anaesthetic and antiseptic topical application to include the alleviation of pain in calves.

Charitable status of trespassing animal rights groups targeted

Beef Central, 08 December 2016

Government and industry roundtable meetings on animal welfare last year discussed whether animal rights groups should be stripped of their charitable status if they trespass on farmland in their attempts to expose animal cruelty.

Producers should be told when livestock harmed in export: Animals Australia

Beef Central, 18 October 2016

Animals Australia is calling for mandatory notification of livestock producers whose animals have been involved in breaches of live export regulations.