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Sheep & Goats

The welfare of sheep and goats in NSW is protected by legislation and supporting Codes and Standards.

To learn more about the exhibition and display of sheep and goats visit Zoo, circus and other exhibited animals.

To learn more about the use of sheep and goats in research and teaching visit Animals in research and teaching.

Standards, Guidelines and Codes of Practice


The following documents are prescribed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA). It is a requirement that people involved in the care and welfare of sheep and goats must comply with these documents.


The documents listed below are prescribed under POCTA. Although they are not mandatory, they may be used as evidence of an offence in court proceedings.

Other resources