The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. Codes promote sound management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation, and other animal husbandry practices.
This Code pertains to dairy feeder calves (being raised for the dairy-beef market) during the starting period and cattle being raised for milk- and grain-fed veal, including on farms that specialize in pre-conditioned calves. Dairy feeder calves fall under the veal cattle Code of Practice until they are moved from young animal housing and management systems (that more closely resemble veal production rather than cow-calf operations covered in the beef cattle Code) into housing and management systems intended for growing and finishing.
The National Farm Animal Care Council is updating the Code of Practice for the Transportation of Livestock and Poultry (the Code). Initial work with the scientific committee is underway and the Code committees will be convening in 2019. The updated Code is set to be completed by 2023. Working closely with the Canadian Veal Association, the Veal Farmers of Ontario will share our expertise in young calf and finished veal transport as the Code develops. The scope of the Code will cover cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep and equine for road transportation.