Laws, regulations and standards for dairy farmers
As a dairy farmer, you must comply with certain:
- codes of practice
Laws for dairy farmers
As a dairy farmer, you need to follow the laws in the following acts of parliament:
- Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1986
- Dairy Act 2000
- Livestock Management Act 2010
Standards and codes of practice
The standards and codes for the welfare of dairy cattle include:
- The Code of Accepted Farming Practice for the Welfare of Cattle which outlines the minimum standards acceptable for the welfare and husbandry of dairy cows.
- The Land Transport Standards which outlines the minimum standards required when transporting cattle by road, rail or on a vehicle aboard a ship.
The Victorian dairy industry is regulated by Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV).
Under the Dairy Act 2000, DFSV licences all Victorian dairy premises – including dairy farmers – and approves and ensures compliance with food safety programs.