NFACC Information Update: November 2014


The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ryder Lee was acclaimed as Chair at the November 2014 meeting in Ottawa, ON. Ryder is the staff representative for the CCA’s Domestic Agriculture Policy and Regulations and Animal Care Committees. He has represented the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) as an NFACC director and Executive Committee member since 2010. This breadth of experience will be invaluable as NFACC enters a new chapter in its evolution.

NFACC members paid tribute to NFACC’s outgoing Chair, Edouard Asnong, at a well-attended dinner held on November 3rd and at NFACC’s meeting on November 4th. Edouard spoke about his time at NFACC and how proud he is of what has been accomplished. Several NFACC directors and the General Manager expressed gratitude to Edouard for his dedication to agriculture and farm animal welfare. Edouard held the position of Chair since 2006 and under his guidance and leadership NFACC has evolved into a respected national “go-to” organization for farm animal welfare.  

NFACC Executive and General Manager (Nov 2014)

NFACC Executive and General Manager (Nov 2014)
W Skippon, R Lee, E Asnong, J Wepruk, R Horel, D Trus, G Urton, C Simpson
Missing from photo: R Bergeron, G Hazlewood


NFACC is pleased to welcome the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) and the Canadian Veal Association (CVA) as Primary members. 

The DPAC is Canada’s national industry association representing the public policy and regulatory interests of the Canadian dairy processing industry. The CVA is a national organization representing the interests of Canada’s grain-fed and milk-fed veal sectors.

NFACC is also pleased to welcome Saputo Inc. and the Manitoba Pork Council as Associate members. Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world and the largest in Canada. They produce, market and distribute a wide array of dairy products around the world. Manitoba Pork Council represents swine producers in Manitoba, with a mandate to enhance sustainable hog production practice and support research related to hog production, including animal welfare. The Council is also mandated to encourage programs related to market development, community relations, and promotion and consumer education.  


Codes of Practice

The poultry (meat) Code Development Committee met in September. A progress report is available at

The poultry (layer) Code Development Committee met in October. A progress report is available at

At NFACC’s November 2014 meeting a motion was passed to accept the requests of the veal, rabbit and bison sectors to have their Codes updated/developed through this project. Work on these Codes will begin as quickly as possible. 

Information Transfer

NFACC’s Chair and General Manager have had the opportunity to present on the Codes and Code development process to a number of groups including: 

  • The Council of Chief Veterinary Officers (via teleconference) on August 21
  • The FPT Regulatory and Policy ADMs in Ottawa, Ontario on September 17
  • The Ontario Veterinary College Animal Welfare Forum in Guelph, Ontario on September 27. 

Upcoming presentations include the following events:

  • National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Forum in Ottawa, Ontario to be held November 24-25 
  • Legislative Ag Chairs Summit in Clearwater, Florida January 2-4, 2015.

* A project made possible through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal –provincial –territorial initiative. 

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