We know there is a close relationship between well-cared for cows and good milk production which is why animal care is a source of pride for every farmer.
In recent years the focus for animal welfare internationally has shifted from simply aiming to reduce negative experiences, to recognising the importance of increasing positive experiences.
In line with this shift in focus, Fonterra now references the Five Domains as well as the Five Freedoms when describing our animal welfare approach.
We partner with our milk and dairy ingredients suppliers to support the adoption of good management practices to continuously improve animal health and welfare and biosecurity outcomes, including implementing practices that provide positive experiences as described by the Five Domains and eliminating practices that contravene the Five Freedoms.
Some of the ways we do this include The Co-operative Difference framework, supporting prudent use of antibiotics, and our Cared for Cows programme.
We work with stakeholders to increase understanding of animal welfare in a dairy context.
Our activities include industry collaboration, public education, and enhancing enrichment.
We collaborate with governments, international organisations, industry and other key stakeholders to achieve robust animal welfare and biosecurity regulations, standards and systems that are aligned.
Examples include farmer education and training, our involvement in improving industry standards, and our international partnerships.
We initiate and participate in activities which advance animal health and welfare practices and supporting technology.
This includes our role in research and development, and our on-farm advice and support.
We design and implement response and escalation protocols to ensure we are prepared and can manage pests and disease outbreaks.
This includes our participation in the Early Response System, our mastitis control support, and our involvement in biosecurity readiness and response.
We work with our farmers to meet globally recognised standards as set by the World Organisation for Animal Health, implement practices that provide positive experiences as described by the Five Domains and eliminate practices that contravene the Five Freedoms.
Fonterra is part of the Dairy Tomorrow Strategy – which aims to make the New Zealand dairy sector "world leading in animal care".