The Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Cattle

The Healthy Calf Podcast series is designed to help Ontario dairy and veal producers make informed decisions about youngstock health and welfare, with a focus on taking a more proactive approach to reduce disease and improve performance.

Canada is fortunate to have an evidence-based standard of care for every farmed species. This ensures animal health and welfare for food-producing animals, and gives a basis for consumer quality assurance programs. For cattle species, a Code of Practice exists for dairy, beef, and veal cattle, and outlines topics such as housing, handling, transportation, and pain mitigation for certain procedures. Learn more about the Codes of Practice in this Podcast with Dr. Derek Haley.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this Podcast do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Veal Farmers of Ontario. Animal care, health and welfare remain a top priority for all veal cattle farmers and as such Veal Farmers of Ontario supports the 2017 update of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Veal Cattle, developed through the National Farm Animal Care Council’s process. Veal Farmers of Ontario are members of the Canadian Veal Association, which is a proud member of the National Farm Animal Care Council.

Derek is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, in the Ontario Veterinary College. He is trained as an applied ethologist, and his expertise is the behaviour and welfare of farm animals. He teaches these subjects to veterinary students and he manages a research program at Guelph, which is focused on the behaviour and welfare of cattle. He has served on committees developing the Codes of Practice for beef and veal cattle, and for livestock transport.