There are laws in all states covering the regulating and safe storage of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals.
Farmers have legal obligations to assess and manage risks associated with agricultural and veterinary chemical storage on farm.
The following checklists and guidelines have been taken from material published by Agriculture Victoria.
Pain Management at Lamb Marking
Castration and tail docking clearly cause pain to lambs.
Published Scientific evidence provided to us strongly indicates that where pre-operative local anaesthetic (and ideally post-operative analgesia) has been used there is not only a clear reduction in pain and suffering but also improvements mothering up. We hear from producers many other benefits including, reduced scouring (as sign of stress 2-3 days after marking and easier movement of mobs back to paddocks with less stress on stockman and dogs.
NewMerino® strongly encourages it use of local anaesthetics and analgesics for the benefit of the animal to be able to demonstrate responsible animal management practices to the increasing number of retail brands requiring verification of the farms from which they source wool. At the time of writing (Oct 2020) NewMerino® standards do not mandate the use of pre-operative local anaesthetic and post-operative analgesia, however we anticipate this position is likely to change in the foreseeable future due to pressure from brands and animal welfare organisations. Additionally, it is just the right thing to do.
Note: More information about how to manage this issue can be found in the Knowledge Base section of our website.