Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) facilitated the development of the Dairy Code of Practice.

The NFACC Code development process aims to:

  • link Code recommendations with science
  • ensure transparency in the process
  • include broad representation from stakeholders
  • contribute to improvements in farm animal care
  • identify topics for research and encourage projects
  • write clearly to ensure ease of reading, understanding and implementation
  • provide a document that is useful for all stakeholders.

Codes of Practice have been developed for virtually all farmed animal species in Canada. NFACC’s website provides access to all currently available Codes (www.nfacc.ca). The Codes are developed nationally as guidelines for the care and handling of the different species of farm animals. They are intended to promote sound management and welfare practices through recommendations and requirements for housing, management, transportation, processing and other animal husbandry practices. Requirements refer to either a regulatory requirement, or an industry imposed expectation outlining acceptable and unacceptable practices. Recommended best practices strive for continuous improvement and encourage a higher level of care.

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