You may need to comply with this code if you are responsible for the welfare or management of sheep. The code contains information and guidelines to provide minimum acceptable outcomes for the welfare of sheep. It applies to all ages and types of sheep, whether kept commercially or as a hobby. The code promotes animal welfare outcomes for sheep by defining acceptable management practices, and encouraging considerate and efficient treatment and handling.
Compliance with this code of practice is not mandatory. However, by complying with this code you can demonstrate that you have met your legal obligations. Proving that you have complied with this code can be used as a defence against a charge of cruelty or aggravated cruelty to animals.