On property animal welfare compliance checklist

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Procedure

Comment

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Read and adopt code of practice for welfare of cattle.*

Have all guidelines been followed for your property? 

 

Read and adopt code of practice for transport.*

Have all guidelines been followed for your property. including not exceeding the time cattle are off water for transport?

 

Read and adopt code of practice for animals at saleyards.*

Have all guidelines been followed for your property including not exceeding the time cattle are without access to water?

 

Read and adopt the guidelines in the publication Is it fit to load?.

Have all guidelines been followed and do you ensure cattle unsatisfactory for transport are not loaded?

 

Ensure cattle meet condition score targets.

Have condition score targets been met?

 

Ensure adequate water (quality and quantity) been provided to cattle.

Do you need to contact the relevant state departments for information on water quality?

 

Adopt selection to move to a polled herd.

Are cattle selected for polledness, to eliminate welfare issues and carcase damage?

 

Monitor cattle, including nutrition, deaths and other signs, and have trigger points to investigate disease before they cause significant problems.**

Is the mortality rate <2% for all classes of stock?

 

Adopt efficient husbandry procedures. Combine management events to minimise handling, follow codes of practice.*

Have management systems that prevent impact of diseases been adopted?

 

Manage calving cows to optimise productivity.*

Are heifers managed to minimise dystocia and provided adequate nutrition?

 

Plan for managing severe climatic events.*

Have you developed contingency plans for fire, floods and droughts? 

 

Incorporate features of animal behaviour into handling systems to minimise stress.*

Do you and staff continue to develop expertise in animal handling and management?

 

*Refer to Procedure 5 for a list of relevant codes, guidelines and publications.

**Refer to Procedure 1, Procedure 2 and Procedure 3.