Goat Code of Practice – Progress Update

First Meeting May 24 and 25, 2019

The Goat Code Development Committee and Goat Scientific Committee held their first meeting on May 24 and 25th in Quebec City. Over two days, members were formally introduced to one another and were presented with a thorough overview of the NFACC Code development process. Members were also provided with informative insights into the goat sector in Canada, presented with the results of a public survey on goat related welfare concerns [https://www.nfacc.ca/resources/codes-of-practice/goat/EN_FinalGoatReport02July2019.pdf], and toured a goat dairy facility.

Perhaps most importantly, members of both committees reached a consensus on the “Priority Welfare Issues” that the Goat Scientific Committee will be asked to review and report upon within twelve months. In particular, the Scientific Committee will develop a report synthesizing the results of research relating to the following 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)