Transporting calves after February 20, 2020

On February 20, 2020 amended Health of Animals Regulations will come into effect. These updated regulations will impact animal transport in Canada and the movement of young calves.

The following chart will differentiate between compromised and unfit animals, with attention to calves.


Of special note:

• Calves may be transported for up to 12 hours as long as dehydration,
starvation and exhaustion are prevented. Once 12 hours is reached, they
must be provided with feed, water and rest.
• Calves 8 days and under may only be transported once and are prohibited
from going to assembly centres.

For further information on these amendments visit:

In addition to the amended regulations, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is in the process of updating the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals – Transportation. The updated code is expected to be complete by 2023.