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After a tail audit if there are any concerns, veterinarians can help develop plans to reduce any damage or injuries that may be occurring whether they are from the infrastructure or the handling techniques. The farm team is the best to identify where the challenges are, and can work with the veterinarian to find solutions to avoid more injuries.
Reporting a potential tail breaking concern within your farm business can seem like a confronting step, but it shows you care about your animals, it protects your reputation, and it’s the right thing to do.
If you suspect you have an issue with tail breaking on farm, call MPI at 0800 00 83 33. An Animal Welfare Inspector will work with you to set up a tail assessment meeting during milking. They will let you know if there’s anything you need to prepare before the visit. Records such as tail audits and stock handling policies and training may be useful.
Investigations are carried out on a case by case basis. MPI may talk to everyone on your farm team. It’s important that MPI can get as much information as possible to make informed decisions to protect your animals. Tail breaking is a breach of the Animal Welfare Act and likely constitutes serious misconduct.