Beef Cattle

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle was released in 2013.

There are various ways to view the Code:

There are a limited number of hard copies of this Code. NFACC encourages use of the electronic version and does not store hard copies. If hard copies are required, please contact the Canadian Cattlemen's Association.

Other resources:

Table of Contents



Section 1 Animal Environment

Section 2 Feed and Water

Section 3 Animal Health

Section 4 Animal Husbandry

Section 5 Transportation

Section 6 On-Farm Euthanasia




Appendix A - Body Condition Scoring

Appendix B - Nutrient Requirement Guidelines for Beef Cows and Growing Beef Cattle

Appendix C - Calving: When and How to Help

Appendix D - Transport Decision Tree

Appendix E - Lameness Descriptions Rendering Animals Compromised or Unfit for Transport

Appendix F - Euthanasia - Secondary Kill Steps: Bleeding Out and Pithing

Appendix G - Resources for Further Information

Appendix H - Participants

Appendix I - Summary of Code Requirements

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