The ZQ accreditation programme requires growers to take account of their animals five basic freedoms as described in both The Animal Welfare Act 1999 and the Animal Welfare (Sheep and Beef Cattle) Code of Welfare 2010, specifically:

  • Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition,

  • Provision of appropriate comfort and shelter,

  • Prevention, or rapid diagnosis and treatment of injury, disease or infestation with parasites,

  • Freedom from distress, and

  • Ability to display normal patterns of behavior.

These freedoms are assessed by qualified auditors as part of the ZQ Grower Programme. Our third party auditors that conduct these audits are from AsureQuality Ltd, a government-owned company.

More information about how ZQ Merino addressed animal welfare and health can be found here…