Farmers are behind the proposed review of the methods used to
cull bobby calves but want the definition of an emergency
situation clearly spelt out.
Last week, the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy
announced he had instructed officials to open up discussion
on a proposal to prohibit the use of blunt force to euthanise
bobby calves on farms.
As part of the discussion, consideration would be given to
"emergency cases'', when a farmer discovered a suffering
animal in a remote location and only had access to limited
equipment, Mr Guy said.
Federated Farmers supports the stance.
"Any review must set in stone that blunt force is an
emergency measure, when there is no access to one of the
approved methods and the time to get hold of one would only
add to the animals' suffering,'' Federated Farmers
vice-chairman Andrew Hoggard said.
Industry bodies DairyNZ and the Dairy Companies Association
of New Zealand endorse the move.
DairyNZ's strategy and investment leader for sustainability,
Rick Pridmore, said there was a need for greater clarity in
the code requirements.
"The aim is always to minimise unnecessary suffering. Farmers
using any method must be suitably trained and skilled,'' Dr
Public consultation will begin soon and a decision made