Jamie McNeill - Dairy Industry Initiatives in Calf Management by hjkuiw354


									Welfare & Handling of Young Calves Destined for Slaughter
– A whole of chain approach

                                Jamie McNeil
                                Consultant (Dairy Australia)
Nearly 1,000,000 calves from
dairy farms slaughtered each
The importance of getting it right
• The export veal trade is estimated to be worth
  approximately $87 million but it also provides a critical
  outlet for non replacement calves.

• Not all female calves are required as herd replacements.

• The reputation and viability of the dairy industry relies on
  the appropriate treatment of calves by all sectors of the calf
  supply chain.

• Ensure all dairy farmers treat calves according to agreed
  industry practices and standards and work to ensure the
  other sectors of the calf supply chain to do the same.
Supply Chain Objective for Calves

Calves are managed across the supply chain
      to meet agreed industry codes and
Livestock Management Act (Vic) – 2009/10
•   Provides a framework to achieve nationally consistent animal
    welfare, biosecurity and traceability standards.

•   Assurance to customers and the community regarding livestock
    management practices and assist in maintaining productivity and
    market access for livestock businesses.

•   The introduction of the Bill was scheduled for December 2009. The
    Act would take effect once particular standards are developed and
    agreed to nationally.

•   The integration of the first set of standards, Australian Standards
    and Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals – Land Transport, will
    commence in early 2010. The national standards will be
    introduced over the next three to five years.
Initiatives under the Calf Management Program
               • Calf management practices
                  –Risk analysis of calf management
                  –Implementation of Essential Components

               • Calf health & welfare
                  –Hygienic calf rearing
                  –Colostrum feeding
                  –Residue management

               • Awareness activities
                  –Promotion of good calf handling practices
                  –Calf supply chain engagement strategy
On farm (birth to point of sale/rearing)
• Calf management practices
   •Essential components for dairy calf management developed
   •National survey of calf rearing practices undertaken
   •Industry verification of survey results & conclusions completed
   •Tech-Notes for NCDEA units under development
   •“Healthy Calves” workshops are underway

• Calf health & welfare
   • Residue Management
       •Ongoing analysis of residue data & industry awareness of issues
       •Development of questionnaire for understanding on farm risk factors
   • Welfare
       •Optimising welfare outcomes for all calves
Progress so far...
Across the Supply Chain
• Calf Supply Chain Integrity Trial
• Time off Feed Research
• Competencies in calf management
   •Stocktake undertaken of training and resources across calf supply
   •Identified benefits in taking a more co-ordinated and integrated
   approach to training
   •Led to a DA and MINTRAC project with support from NASSO,
   •Uniform set of animal handling training and assessment materials
   developed to support the delivery of training to calf managers and
   handlers from farm to slaughter
   Training resources
• Developed using:
   •Industry agreed on-farm essential
   components for calf management
   •Relevant and contemporary regulations such
       – the Australian Animal Welfare
          Standards and Guidelines for Land
       – Animal welfare standards for calves in

• Delivery by NCDEA (incl. Technotes)
   •Rear new born and young livestock
   •Handle livestock using basic techniques
   • Various animal health units

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