The role of the Animal Health Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in the export of animals is outlined. New Zealand's freedom from serious animal diseases and the high quality of its livestock are the major factors contributing to the steady overseas demand for animals. The animal health conditions of importation are variable and often require considerable negotiation before they are acceptable to both New Zealand and the importing country. Veterinary officers have a dual role - to -protect the importer and to assist the exporter and there has to be constant liaison and cooperation at all levels to ensure a successful fulfilment of export orders. Animal welfare is a major consideration at all stages of the operation.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 43, , 145-146, 1983
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