Feds Help Farmers Improve Animal Care
By Jim Knisley
May 14, 2010 – The federal government is investing in further development of best practices for livestock handling.
May 14, 2010 – The federal government is investing in further development of best-practices for livestock handling. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced the funding in Guelph.
“Taking care of the livestock is the first chore in the morning and the last chore at night because farmers know that healthy animals mean a healthy business,” said Ritz. “The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Canadian farmers to further develop best-practices that will strengthen our livestock industry.”
The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), working with the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), will use the $3.4 million to advance animal care and well-being in the farmed animal sector.
This investment will help develop a new Codes of Practice for various farmed animal sectors and an on-farm assessment protocol. As a framework for the Codes, NFACC will use the revised National Development Process for Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals that they piloted last year in the dairy industry with support from federal adaptation funding.
“NFACC provides a vehicle for ensuring a national coordinated approach on farm animal care among all stakeholders across the entire value chain,” said Edouard Asnong, Chair, NFACC. “NFACC appreciates the Federal Government’s support to address farm animal care issues that relate to its members, domestic and export markets, the Canadian and provincial governments and the Canadian public, utilizing science-based and collaborative processes.”
Money for the project comes from the AgriFlexibility fund. It is subject to the project meeting all eligibility requirements and the signing of a contribution agreement.
For more information on the AgriFlexibility fund and Canada’s Economic Action Plan, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/agriflexibility and www.actionplan.gc.ca