The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep is now available.
The sheep Code is the fifth of eight farm animal Codes of Practice currently under revision to be completed through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Code development process. The Code’s development was led by a 17-person Code committee comprised of sheep producers, animal welfare and enforcement representatives, researchers, transporters, processors, veterinarians and government representatives. Aiding in their work was a four-person Scientific Committee that included research and veterinary expertise in sheep behaviour, health and welfare. More information on the Code development process is available at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice.
Among other things, the Code defines new standards for pain control during procedures like tail docking and castration.
Canada’s Codes of Practice are a powerful tool for meeting rising consumer, marketplace and societal expectations relative to farm animal welfare. Codes support responsible animal care practices and keep everyone involved in farm animal care and handling on the same page. They are our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices, providing a foundation for animal care assessment programs and in some provinces, regulatory activities.