Sheep Welfare

Encouraging postive animal welfare

Extensive Grazing

What are the welfare issues?

Sheep Behavior

Find out more about natural sheep behavior

Breeding & Lambing

Ensuring ewes are healthy in pregnancy & lambs are born fit & well

Housing & Handling

Find out the best housing and handling systems to suit your animals

Sheep Nutrition

Feeding for optimum health and welfare

Sheep Breeds

Selecting a breed that suits your system


Managing the human-animal relationship for optimal welfare standards

Welfare Assessment

Find out how to welfare assess your sheep

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  • Livestock should be land-based and integrated with farm cropping enterprises
  • Animals should be provided with conditions that enable them to exhibit natural behaviors
  • Dependency on veterinary medicines should be reduced without jeopardizing the well-being of animals


outdoor access

Animals having outdoor access, shade, shelter, lighting and sufficient space for them to undertake free movement and to exhibit natural behaviors.


Using breeds and strains well-suited and adapted to the prevailing conditions.

Health Plan

Implementing herd and flock planning based on sound ecological practices and epidemiological knowledge.


Undertaking good practice with regard to biosecurity.

closed herds

Maintaining animals in closed herds and flocks and at stocking rates that enables free-movement, reduces risks of disease spread and minimizes environmental damage.

forage and grazing

Forage and grazing being the main source of nutrients for ruminants, and continuously available to non-ruminants.

production practices

Avoiding the use of mutilations as standard production practices.


Improved understanding and responsible usage of veterinary medicines.