[NZ Herald/ 10 June]

Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, has announced that some of the tougher rules around the treatment of bobby calves will take effect before the start of spring calving.  New rules will include a requirement for calves to be at least four days old before they are transported for slaughter or sale, limits on the time of transport and bans on killing by blunt force trauma (except in emergency situations).  Other rules will be introduced next year to allow businesses time to make the required changes; these include rules on shelter and the use of loading and unloading facilities.  Mr Guy noted the regulations also provide MPI with a wider set of compliance tools.  The rules have been developed by the Bobby Calf Action Group, which includes DairyNZ, DCANZ, Meat Industry Association, Federated Farmers, NZ Petfood Manufacturers Association, Road Transport Forum, MPI and NZ Veterinary Association.