Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Animal Neglect Unacceptable

29 August 2006
Animal Neglect Unacceptable

Federated Farmers will under no circumstances tolerate the wilful neglect of stock, and supports efforts to ensure animal welfare incidents are quickly resolved, said Charlie Pedersen, President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

Mr Pedersen’s comments follow recent cases in the media which show a small number of farmers are not taking care of their stock to an acceptable standard.

“These people are in the minority and tarnish the reputation of the majority of responsible farmers who value their stock and look after them, even in challenging times.

“Nearly all professional farmers are doing all they can for their stock in what has been an exceptionally cold and wet winter.

“Federated Farmers will always back responsible farmers who are working hard to look after their animals, but it will not defend the small minority of farmers who are not following best practice,” said Mr Pedersen.

Federated Farmers has overseen the production of an animal welfare toolkit to help those involved in dealing with animal welfare incidents. To download visit:

Federated Farmers has an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to collaborate on animal welfare issues relating to commercial agriculture.

“The role of Federated Farmers during welfare incidents is to ensure the best outcome for the animals involved by giving advice to MAF on their handling, and if necessary sourcing the expert stockmen required,” said Mr Pedersen.

Farmers or others who are concerned about animal welfare on farms should contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on 0800 327 027.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Media Mega Merger: StuffMe Hearing Argues Over Moveable Feast

New Zealand's two largest news publishers are appealing against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>