Dairy Farmers of Canada supports continuous improvements in animal health and welfare on Canadian dairy farms.
Canadian dairy farmers are committed to meeting high standards of welfare and care for their dairy animals. They support research at top Canadian universities to ensure that there are continuous improvements in their animals' comfort, proper housing for cows and calves is provided, good feeding practices are implemented and animals receive the appropriate veterinarian care.
There are laws in Canada on the treatment and care of dairy cattle. Enforcement of animal care and handling regulations in each jurisdiction is a joint responsibility of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, provincial departments of agriculture and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Dairy Farmers of Canada has published a new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle in 2009. This code not only provides useful guidelines to producers to improve animal care, but also has requirements, based on scientific research that has been supported in part by DFC and its members, which DFC will now expect farmers to follow. For example, DFC requires, in the new Code of practice, that farmers do not tail-dock their cows.
The Code also addresses issues related to animal care and welfare like housing, feed and water, herd management and preparation of animals for transportation.
For more details, consult the section on Animal Health & Welfare.