Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: The Sheep
Primary Industries Report Series 89
30 pages, 250 x 175 mm
This Code is intended as a guide for all people responsible for the welfare and husbandry of sheep. This edition has been revised in line with the most recent recommendations of the Animal Welfare Working Group within the Primary Industries Ministerial Council and includes an appendix providing guidelines on the procedure for mulesing sheep.
The wool industry has proposed that mulesing be phased out by 2010 but until then the standards for the conduct of this procedure as outlined in this code must be adhered to.
The Code is intended as a set of guidelines that provides detailed minimum standards for assisting people in understanding the standard of care required to meet their obligations under the laws that operate in Australia’s States and Territories.
Covers important practices governing welfare including protection from disease
New appendix providing guidelines on the procedure for mulesing sheep
Food and Water
Protection from climatic extremes, natural disasters and predation
Protection from disease
Intensive sheep systems
Sheep handling facilities
Husbandry procedures – surgical
Euthanasia of sheep
Appendix 1: Special requirements for intensive sheep systems
Appendix 2: Euthanasia
Appendix 3: Mulesing