Goats

CURRENT CODE

Codes of Practice for the care and handling of Goats (2003)

CODE UNDER REVISION

CODE DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE 

Start: December 2018 
Public comment period: August to November 2020 
Projected completion: Fall 2021
Code development timeline

Committees

Code Development Committee members

Role

Committee Member

Organization  

Code Manager

Dr. Jeffrey Spooner

 

Producer 

Catherine Michaud, QC

Canadian Meat Goat Association / Canadian National Goat Federation

Producer 

Theresa Bergeron, ON

Canadian National Goat Federation

Producer 

Jean-Philippe Jolin, QC

Canadian National Goat Federation

Producer

Peter Kerkvliet [Chair], ONCanadian National Goat Federation

Producer 

Rob Schill, SK

Canadian National Goat Federation

Transporter

Several producer representatives with knowledge and expertise will serve in this capacity 

Veterinarian

Jocelyn Jansen, ON

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

National animal welfare association

Melissa Speirs, BC

Humane Canada

Provincial animal protection enforcement authority

Karmel Smith, ON

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Provincial government representative with responsibilities in animal welfare

No rep at this time

 

Retail and food service organization

No rep at this time

 

Processor

Olivier Beaulieu-Charbonneau, ON (dairy)

Dairy Processors Association of Canada

Federal government   

Virginie Rochet, QC
Sarah Johannson, SK

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Researcher/academic 

Dr. Paula Menzies, ON 

University of Guelph

Technical Expert

Amy Vingerhoeds, ONCanadian National Goat Federation

Scientific Committee members

Name

Named by

Cathy Bauman

University of Guelph, ON

Dr. Paula Menzies (Chair)

University of Guelph, ON

Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger

University of Saskatchewan, SK

Dr. Gosia Zobel, Gosia

AgResearch Ltd., Waikato, NZ 

Dr. Melissa Moggy

Research Writer

Priority welfare issues for the Scientific Committee report

The Code Development Committee and Scientific Committee collectively identified the following list of priority welfare issues. The Scientific Committee is developing a report synthesizing the results of research relating to these animal welfare issues.

  • End-of-life management
  • Lameness
    • Hoof trimming
    • Nutritional causes of lameness
  • Optimizing kid health
    • Optimizing passive transfer of immunity
  • Painful procedures
    • Prevention
    • Protocols/strategies
    • Pre- and post-op procedures
    • Disbudding, dehorning, horn tipping, and castration
  • Space allowance
    • Feeder and waterer space allowance
    • Housing density and indicators of adverse effects
  • Natural behaviours
    • Positive states
    • Enrichment 

 

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