Publications and toolkits for the Safeguarding our Animals, Safeguarding our Reputation programme.


Benefits of shelter and shade for sheep and cattle [PDF, 2.7 MB]


Fitness for transport guidance brochure [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Caring for bobby calves being transported for processing [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Preventing downer cows when transporting to slaughter [PDF, 316 KB]


Are your animals fit for transport? [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Fit for transport – guidance for drivers handling calves [PDF, 793 KB]

Report on lifestyle blocks and animal welfare

On 18 May 2018, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) published a report on why and how MPI should engage with lifestyle block owners on animal welfare issues.

The report recommends MPI take a lead role (with support from the SPCA and veterinarians) in proactively communicating with lifestyle block owners to ensure they are well informed and able to meet their compliance requirements. 

MPI study of New Zealand lifestyle blocks and animal welfare [PDF, 316 KB]

Videos on transporting calves

The Bobby Calf Working Group has developed 4 training videos to help truck drivers to meet their requirements under the Animal Welfare (Calves) Regulations 2016. The videos provide good practice advice for selecting, loading, and handling calves, and can be used by transport companies as part of their animal welfare training.

Other websites

Resources about animal health and welfare on other websites include:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Dairy NZ

Deer Industry New Zealand  

Federated Farmers of New Zealand

New Zealand Petfood Manufacturers Association

New Zealand Pork

Poultry Industry Association NZ

Road Transport Forum NZ

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