The Canadian Sheep Federation (CSF) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the December 2013 release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep.
The Code’s development was led by a 17-person Code committee comprised of sheep producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, transporters, processors, veterinarians and government representatives. Aiding in their work was a four-person Scientific Committee that included research and veterinary expertise in sheep behaviour, health and welfare.
Canada’s Codes of Practice are a powerful tool for meeting rising consumer, marketplace and societal expectations relative to farm animal welfare. Codes support responsible animal care practices and keep everyone involved in farm animal care and handling on the same page. They are our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices, providing a foundation for animal care assessment programs and in some provinces, regulatory activities.