Don’t buck the trend

Welfare guide gets thumbs up from goat producers.

Since being launched in July 2016, the Australian Industry Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Goats have been assisting goat producers across the country improve their welfare practices and now those same producers are encouraging everyone in the industry to grab a copy.

Funded by the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) and developed by Animal Health Australia (AHA) the voluntary Guidelines provide advice on welfare topics from housing facilities and equipment to breeding and dairy management.

Victorian dairy goat producer Chris Lamin, said the Guidelines are a valuable resource, particularly for those new to the industry and she is encouraging all goat owners to get a copy.

"The Guidelines are a really good base from which you can build your individual goat husbandry and biosecurity program from. It’s an excellent place to start for anyone new into goats, regardless of the size of their enterprise or the type of goats being run,” Ms Lamin said.

AHA’s Project Manager for Welfare, Kelly Wall said the document was proving popular amongst a range of goat producers.

“Since July 2016 we have mailed out numerous copies of the Guidelines, with countless more downloaded from our website.

“The strong take up of this important document speaks volumes about Australia’s goat producer community and we certainly encourage everyone to get a copy by downloading it from the Animal Welfare Standards website or emailing publications@animalhealthaustralia.com.au for a hard copy,” said Ms Wall.

The Guidelines involved targeted consultation with goat producers at various levels of the supply chain and from different product sectors, state representatives, animal welfare organisations and veterinarians.

Although the document is a voluntary guide, it still has the ability to inform a nationally uniform approach to ensuring goat welfare is adhered to.

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