Animal welfare

Caring for our cows.

Healthy, well-cared-for animals are vital to producing safe, high-quality milk. They are the absolute core of every dairy farm, and their health and welfare is of paramount importance to us. We work with our farmers to ensure they maintain the highest standards of animal welfare and have a strong track record when it comes to on-farm animal welfare practices.

We are committed to managing animals responsibly and continuously improve animal health and welfare outcomes, as well as removing practices that contravene the internationally recognised “Five Freedoms”:

  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
  • Freedom from Discomfort
  • Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress

Our animal health standards are aligned with the international welfare standards developed by the World Organisation for Animal Health, as well as various voluntary codes under current Australian state and territory Acts, which can be found here.

Fonterra suppliers in Australia are members and funders of industry organisation Dairy Australia. We work with Dairy Australia to provide extensive animal welfare advice, training and support material to our farmers. This can be found at Dairy Australia.

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