Friday, 08 July 2016 06:55

Bobby calf welfare: everyone has a role

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The BCAG is reminding everyone who handles calves of the important role they have to play. The BCAG is reminding everyone who handles calves of the important role they have to play.

As the dairy industry's spring calving kicks off, the Bobby Calf Action Group (BCAG) is reminding everyone who handles calves of the important role they have to play.

"The rubber hits the road now, it's up to everyone across the supply chain to meet the required standards of care for bobby calves this season," says Ministry for Primary Industries deputy director general, Scott Gallacher.

Eight organisations make up the BCAG which was formed at the end of 2015 to accelerate and add to existing measures aimed at ensuring everyone involved with bobby calves applies best practice in their handling and care.

The BCAG is made up of DairyNZ, Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, Meat Industry Association, Federated Farmers, New Zealand Petfood Manufacturers Association, Road Transport Forum, New Zealand Veterinary Association and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Gallacher says farmers, industry and government have been working for some years on lifting the standard of care for bobby calves.

"We would like to acknowledge the majority of farmers, transporters and processors who care for and handle bobby calves appropriately. But we urge those who need to make improvements to step up this season and demonstrate that as an industry, we care about bobby calf welfare."

The BCAG organisations are ready to work together should any issues arise this season.

"We encourage people who are aware of bobby calf welfare issues to call the MPI hotline 0800 00 83 33 so we can investigate."

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