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Industry Speaks Out at Tail Breaking Incident

21 August 2013

NEW ZEALAND – Producer groups have reacted in unison to the conviction of an Ashburton dairy herd manager for tail breaking, stating that such management practise has no place in the dairy industry.

The act of ‘tail breaking’ has been described as ‘unacceptable’ and ‘defying logic’ and a fast route to ending any career in the dairy industry.

Financial consequences have been alluded to which are expected to materialise upon sentencing in October.

Dr Neil MacPherson of the New Zealand Veterinary Association called for a ban as an effective prevention for the future.

Defying the act as economically impractical, Willy Leferink, Dairy Chairperson of Federated Farmers said that losing your temper in such a way costs the farm production and veterinary bills later.

“I have no idea why someone working on a dairy farm would believe that breaking tails makes cows easier to work with," said Mr Leferink."Losing your temper and injuring animals during some ‘red mist’ only costs the farm lost production and the need for veterinary help later. For the perpetrator, it will likely cost them their career in the dairy industry."

“If you are hot-headed and prone to lashing out, can I suggest the dairy industry is not the career for you,” added Mr Leferink."

Nita Harding, team leader for animal husbandry and welfare at DairyNZ said that farmers should work with cows and not against them.

She said cows appreciate routine and procedure and will comply if managed appropriately.


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