As seasonal conditions across eastern Australia deteriorate following a lack of summer rain, cattle producers are being urged not to gamble on animal welfare by transporting stock that are not fit to load.
A 65 year old farmer from Miners Rest, near Ballarat in Victoria, has been fined $20,000 with conviction in the St Arnaud Magistrates Court for offences under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.