Dairy Cattle

Dairy Code of Practice PDFThe Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle was released in 2009.

There are various ways to view the Code: the full HTML version, the PDF version (1.3 MB) or select from the Table of Content below. 

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 Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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Table of Contents



Section 1 Accommodation, Housing, and Handling Facilities

Section 2 Feed and Water

Section 3 Health and Welfare Management

Section 4 Husbandry Practices

Section 5 Transportation

Section 6 Euthanasia



Appendix A - Assembly Yards and Sales Yards

Appendix B - Temperature - Humidity Index Table

Appendix C - Flowchart for Evaluating Free Stalls

Appendix D - Flowchart for Evaluating Tie Stalls

Appendix E - Body Condition Scoring Chart

Appendix F - Gait Scoring System for Dairy Cows

Appendix G - Guidelines for Dealing with Compromised Cattle

Appendix H - Should this Animal be Loaded?

Appendix I - Livestock Transport Consignment Form

Appendix J - Euthanasia of Cattle

Appendix K - Resources for Further Information

Appendix L - Participants

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