The ban on the use of blunt force to euthanase calves, except
in emergencies, will come into effect today - ahead of this
year's calving season.
After public consultation, the body charged with advising the
Minister for Primary Industries on the welfare of animals has
decided blunt force should not be routinely used to euthanase
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (Nawac) asked
the public to have their say on the matter and received 357
submissions, a large proportion of which supported changes to
the code of welfare for dairy cattle.
The Animal Welfare (Dairy Cattle) Code of Welfare 2010 has
been reissued with amendments and will come into effect on
The Ministry for Primary Industries is working with the dairy
industry to make training available to farmers in alternative
methods of euthanasia such as the use of a captive bolt.
The use of manual blunt force to euthanase calves will now be
ruled out, except in unforeseen emergency cases.
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Rick Pridmore said the changes to the code had provided
''Most dairy cattle, including calves, are generally not
slaughtered on farms by farmers anyway but are sent to
''We have 21 training workshops planned for June and July
that will cover humane slaughter on-farm, and we are also
going to partner with veterinarians to deliver more workshops
in the future,'' Dr Pridmore said.