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


You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to farm cattle. It applies to personal farming or commercial farming, feedlots, display, bartering, exchange or sale, and should be read in conjunction with the Code of Accepted Farming Practice for the Welfare of Farm Animals during Transportation.

The code outlines the basic requirements for persons responsible for the welfare and husbandry of cattle (cows, heifers, bulls, calves, etc). It provides guidance for farm owners, managers, stockmen and related animal handlers on a range of requirements for food and water, shelters and accommodation, protection from climatic extremes and predators, handling facilities, management practices, and identification.

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 consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the 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.

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Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


Contact details

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Licensing Officer


Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Operating address: 475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address: PO Box 2500
Bendigo, Victoria
Phone: 03 9217 4200
Fax: 03 9217 4416