11 Feb 2011

Animal welfare committee keeps up work on indoor farming

12:48 pm on 11 February 2011

The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee is moving ahead with the development of guidelines for indoor dairy farming.

The Minister of Agriculture asked it to investigate housing systems for dairy cows following the debate about proposals for large-scale farms in the Upper Waitaki region.

Committee chair Dr John Hellstrom says a draft report on the indoor systems being used here and overseas has strengthened the case for guidelines in the welfare code for dairy cattle.

He says the advisory committee expects to release a public discussion document on indoor housing for dairy cattle later this year.