Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Senior Advisor on Biosecurity and Animal Welfare, Will Halliday, says the new regulations, that came into force in May, require tails be docked to a length no shorter than the distal end of the caudal fold. This should ensure that the docked tail will be long enough to cover the vulva in a ewe lamb and the equivalent length in a male.
He says these changes have been flagged for a couple of years, but they are now in place and farmers need to comply with these regulatory changes.
“Before docking gets underway, I recommend farmers familiarise themselves with the required tail length and importantly, make sure everyone working in the docking gang knows that the sufficient tail must be left to cover the vulva or the male equivalent.”
- For more information go to: https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2018/0050/latest/whole.html#LMS493017
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