Code of Accepted Farming Practice for the Welfare of Sheep - Victoria

Service summary

This code outlines the basic requirements for persons responsible for the welfare and husbandry of sheep. It provides guidance for managers, stockmen and others on a range of requirements for the welfare of sheep, including requirements concerning:

  • food and water
  • shelters and accommodation
  • management practices
  • protection from climatic extremes and predators
  • health and well-being
  • transportation.

Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. It provides guidance on how to meet your legal obligations to treat animals humanely. However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Providing that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.

Please contact the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Biosecurity

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Biosecurity


Operating address:
475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address:
PO BOX 2500
Bendigo, Victoria 3554

Phone:

03 9217 4200

Fax:

03 9217 4416
animal.welfare@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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