Code of Welfare: Dairy Cattle

Anyone who owns or is in charge of dairy cattle must be aware of the following codes of welfare and comply with the minimum standards in the codes and the general provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 1999.

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) has been asked by the Minister for Primary Industries to provide advice on whether the use of blunt force trauma is acceptable for the routine destruction of dairy calves on farms. NAWAC is proposing that blunt force may not be used for the routine killing of unwanted dairy calves on the farm. NAWAC is not proposing further changes to other minimum standards in the code and is not accepting submissions on any other issues related to the welfare of dairy cattle.
NAWAC is releasing the following proposed amendment for public consultation: 
Consultation on Changes to Minimum Standards in the Animal Welfare (Dairy Cattle) Code of Welfare 2010
Please address your submission to: or
NAWAC Secretary
Animal Welfare
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
Public consultation closes 1 May 2014. 
For more information about the process undertaken to date, please see the page How are Codes Developed and refer to the Animal Welfare (Dairy Cattle) Code of Welfare 2010 and Code report below.

Calves: Requirements for pre-transport preparation and selection are in A Guide to Welfare of Calves During Transport Link to PDF document (435 KB) and the DairyNZ Animal Welfare Information Pack (offsite link to and are also covered in the code of welfare for transport.

Animal Welfare (Transport within New Zealand) Code of Welfare 2011

Here’s a list of other publications and guidelines:

Page last updated: 15 December 2014