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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.

Funding boost for livex welfare assurance program

James Nason, 01 July 2016

The livestock export industry appears to be on track to adopt a new animal welfare assurance program, over and above the Government-administered Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

Livex vet’s removal by Dept sparks criticism of trade’s role

Beef Central, 23 June 2016

Calls have intensified for independent vets to be placed on livestock export shipments, for the establishment of an independent authority to oversee the trade, and for a full review of live export standards, in the wake of criticism of industry welfare standards by a former long-serving industry veterinarian.