Dairy Cattle

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle was released in 2023. 

There are various ways to view the updated Code:

  • HTML version (or select from the Table of Contents below)
  • PDF version (2.32 MB) 

There are a limited number of hard copies of this Code. NFACC encourages use of the electronic version and does not store hard copies. Provincial industry associations or ministries may have copies available.


Table of Contents

Section 1 Training and Responsibilities
Section 2 Facilities and Housing
Section 3 Feed and Water
Section 4 Husbandry Practices
Section 5 Cattle Health
Section 6 Preparations for Transport
Section 7 Euthanasia
 Appendix A- Sample Cattle Welfare Policy
 Appendix B- Body Condition Scoring Chart
 Appendix C- Cow Cleanliness Scoring
 Appendix D- Calf Health Scoring Chart and Criteria
 Appendix E- Lameness Scoring Systems for Dairy Cows
 Appendix F- Transport Decision Tree
 Appendix G- Sample Euthanasia Decision Tree
 Appendix H- Anatomical Landmarks for Euthanasia
 Appendix I- Secondary Steps to Cause Death
 Appendix J- Resources for Further Information
 Appendix K- Participants
 Appendix L- Summary of Code Requirements

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