Welfare

Welfare

The welfare of deer is a top priority of the NZ deer industry. It is a key element in the pasture to plate concept. Specific focus is placed on ensuring best practice guidelines are followed with transportation, abiding by the five freedoms and when stock are being handled.

The Five Freedoms represent ideal states rather than standards for acceptable welfare. However, they are the cornerstones for the analysis and assessment of farm animal welfare although consideration of the whole farm system is taken into account, to maintain an effective livestock industry.

Farmers must comply with the Deer Code of Welfare