Test Pilot of the Animal Care Assessment Framework

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) and NFACC assembled the working groups (utilizing the draft Animal Care Assessment Framework*) that will develop a dairy animal care assessment program. The program will be based on the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle.

This first phase of the pilot project will focus on the program content (i.e., determining what to assess and the assessment measures to use). The program content will be developed with input from a diversity of stakeholders. The project also allows for a trial phase to test the draft program directly on dairy farms. The aim is to achieve a program that is practical and valuable to farmers, provides assurances to buyers, promotes continuous improvements in animal care and welfare, and is informed by science.

Program Development Team

The Program Development Team will take a lead role in drafting and revising the program content.

Producer representativeRon Maynard, DFC delegate
 Isaac Klassen, DFC delegate
 Reint Dykstra, DFC delegate
Research / academicElsa Vasseur, University of Guelph 
Assessor representativePenny Lawlis, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Extension specialistSteve Adam, Valacta
 Terry Gracjczyk, Beef Verification Program
Provincial staff Mike Slomp, Alberta Milk
DFC staff Réjean Bouchard
 Thérèse Beaulieu (ex-officio)
Canadian Veterinary Medical AssociationNeil Anderson, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal welfare organizationGeoff Urton, BC SPCA/Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
Research / academicTrevor DeVries, University of Guelph
 Derek Haley, University of Guelph
Retail / foodserviceSilvia Espinoza Chavez, Tim Horton’s
Provincial board representativeGeorge MacNaughton, Dairy Farmers of Ontario
 Denis Morin, Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec
Technical expertise (knowledge of
on-farm food safety program)
Cheryl Schroeder, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
Milk processorDick Straathof, Gay Lea Foods

* Formerly referred to as the Animal Care Assessment Model (ACAM), name changed in August 2013