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Technical annual report 2000-01



Technical annual report 2000-01


Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295




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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295



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Technical Annual Report 2000/01 71 SUBPROGRAM: Livestock Market Access PROJECT: Animal Welfare Monitoring and Policy Project Officers: K. de Witte and Pastoral Division staff Location: NT wide Objective: Participate in the development and implementation of appropriate national welfare standards for animals. The animal welfare committee met for the fifth time since its inception. A major business item has been the national review of caged layer hen housing and the revision of the Poultry Model Code of Practice. Codes of practice under revision or being drafted include those for poultry and cattle, and livestock and poultry at slaughtering establishments, land transport of sheep, goats, ostriches, deer, and destruction or capture, handling and marketing of feral animals. These codes are at various stages of completion and some will be available soon. The national consultative committee on animal welfare met for the 26th and 27th time in 2000/2001. The following issues are of notable relevance to the NT. Position Statements: These serve as policy guidelines. Position statements were adopted on tail docking of dogs and the welfare of animals at abattoirs. The topics under discussion include rodeos, tail docking of cattle, calving induction in dairy cattle, Bobby calves, and export of puppies. This material is available at www.affa.gov.au/docs/animalplanthealth/animal_welfare/nccaw Livestock Export: Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Australia (AFFA) is conducting a reconciliation of relevant codes and welfare standards in the live export accreditation program. Some codes are out of date, but there is no support for Livecorp to abandon the process and create their own standards. AFFA is also working to ensure that the recommendations of the independent reference group are implemented. A live export research and development technical forum was held in Fremantle in June 2001 to discuss progress with Meat and Livestock Australia and Livecorp funded research relevant to the industry. A study of comprehensive on board ship ventilation is likely to result in changes to regulations and ship design for the benefit of animals. A best practice study has captured useful industry knowledge. Other studies on stress, nutrition, mortalities and post delivery management will yield useful results in the future. AusVetPlan: A review of AusVetPlan was conducted with a focus on the animal welfare suitability of its content. A number of recommendations were made which will lead to an improvement in the welfare of animals involved in an emergency animal disease situation. National Animal Welfare Strategy: A workshop was conducted to seek endorsement of the components and direction of this strategy. Other issues within the NT included the following activities. An animal welfare advisory committee was formed under the Animal Welfare Act to advise the Minister for Local Government on relevant issues. DPIF veterinarians and stock inspectors have been gazetted as Officers or Inspectors respectively, under the Animal Welfare Act. The intention is that DPIF employees are primarily responsible for the welfare of livestock. In relation to the code of practice for the care of animals for scientific purposes, steps have been taken within the department to apply the animal welfare approval and reporting requirements of this code. The department continues to supply veterinarians to sit on the NT University animal ethics committee (AEC) and will largely seek to gain approval as required through the AEC. An interdepartmental AEC also operates in Alice Springs. Most departmental activities are considered to conform to normal humane animal husbandry. http://www.affa.gov.au/nat-offices/animal/nccaw