Dairy Cattle Code of Practice - Progress Update

First meeting – July 3 and 4, 2019

The Code Development Committee attended a webinar orientation on the Code development process prior to this inaugural meeting allowing more time in the in-person meeting for committee members to get to each other’s areas of expertise, establish unique strategies for reaching consensus, and discuss priorities for the updated dairy cattle Code of Practice.  

Highlights of the meeting included an overview of the dairy industry today (including regional contexts) as well as the animal care module of proAction® (Dairy Farmers of Canada’s on-farm animal welfare assessment based on the current Code of Practice).

The committee also explored the main themes from a recent online survey intended to capture top-of-mind welfare concerns for dairy cattle and noted strong overlap between public and committee input on priority topics for this iteration of the Code.

Working with the project’s Scientific Committee (who were also in attendance), a list of priority welfare issues was agreed to (available here). These topics will form the basis of the Scientific Committee’s research report (the 2009 report is available here).

The next meeting is scheduled for the fall. In advance of that meeting, the Code Development Committee will begin working on draft sections of the Code. The Scientific Committee will begin its review of research on the priority welfare issues.