Animal Welfare and the Dairy Industry

​Tasmania's Dairy Animal Health and Welfare Action Group has produced a Guide to Tasmanian Dairy Cattle Welfare:

Guide to Tasmanian Dairy Cattle Welfare (1.58 MB)

Under the Animal Welfare Act 1993, there are many classes of people deemed to be responsible for the welfare of animals. This means that in addition to the owner, people have some responsibility if they have cattle on agistment or loan, if they are a livestock carrier or livestock agent or if they have animals in their care in any other way. 

If you have any question or want advice about any aspect of dairy welfare, there are several sources of help for you - DPIPWE vets and animal welfare officers, the RSPCA, the Dairy Centre of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and, of course, your regular private vet.


For advice on herd management:
Dairy Tasmania - Phone (03) 6432 2233
Visit the website at:

To report animal cruelty:
RSPCA Tasmania - Phone 1300 139 947 or email:​ 


Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777

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