Canadian dairy farmers have ambitious targets of high standards of food production and quality, and have a deep commitment to the environment and care of farm animals. This is a snapshot of our objectives in 2016, and the progress we are making in reaching our measurable, and verifiable sustainability objectives.
Farmers have plans and procedures to preserve herd health; the key is prevention, but if an animal disease is on farm, the plan will be to control it and mitigate risks so it does not leave the farm.
The industry has a framework to enhance animal and herd health
Dairy farmers work to prevent disease from arriving on the farm
Many dairy farms segregate new animals arriving on the farm or keep closed herds
Dairy farmers test, vaccinate, and treat their cattle if necessary
Dairy farmers are committed to cleanliness to safeguard animal health, and minimize risk of disease
Dairy farmers clean the barn at least twice a day
Dairy farmers clean and disinfect equipment used on the farm
Dairy farmers ensure that the driveway to their barn is kept clean to minimize accidental propagation of bacteria from, or to, other farms
Visitors and service providers are encouraged to minimize risk for animal health by wearing boots provided by the farm, wear plastic covers, or disinfect their boots upon arrival and departure from farm