What is the state of animal welfare on dairy farms in SA?
The importance of animal welfare is well recognised by dairy producers. They realise that it is an essential and traceable part of the value chain, for the quality of their products to the consumer.
At national level concerted efforts are made by the organised dairy industry (Milk SA, the Milk Producers’ Organisation [MPO] and the South African Milk Processors’ Organisation [SAMPRO]) to raise awareness on animal welfare standards. The South African Bureau of Standards’ SANS 1694:2018 (The welfare of dairy cattle), helps producers to adhere to minimum criteria of animal welfare and encourages them to integrate the requirements with their overall responsibility for the health of the dairy herd.