Rural landholders need to be aware of their Duty of Care to take reasonable measures to protect the welfare of any animals that their activities may impact upon. There are acts, regulations and codes of practice relating to animal welfare that people need to adhere to (DEDJTR 2014).
If you are planning to run livestock on your new property, it’s important to speak to some reliable mentors and experts before you take on any animals. It’s a great idea to start with your neighbours and ask them their experiences – perhaps they might agree to a share herd arrangement to give you an idea of the species or breed requirements before you purchase your own livestock. This may also work in future should you and your neighbour/s decide to manage your land concurrently and expand your capacity and ability to rotate pastures and share costs etc.
The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network has developed a series of 12 fact sheets on a variety of topics of special interest to the small landholder. Whilst these fact sheets have been developed for landholders in this region of Victoria, the advice offered equally applies to other parts.
This fact sheet provides some useful considerations, resources and references for those starting out.
Click here to view the Fact Sheet Animal welfare basics
Source material is available so groups can edit and print their own modified version:
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