Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle

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The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle provides recommendations for meeting the basic needs of beef cattle. The Code was developed to augment existing laws and regulations, reflecting industry’s commitment to the humane treatment and care of beef cattle.

The Code outlines acceptable science-informed recommendations and requirements on a variety of topics including housing, feeding, transport decision making and other management practices. The Code is intended to be used as an educational tool in the promotion of sound animal husbandry and care practices. The Code contains recommendations to help producers and others in the agriculture and food sectors compare and improve their own management practices.

The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle was released in mid-2013, following an intensive National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) renewal process.  The CCA is a member of NFACC, which brings together animal producer groups, governments, veterinarians, academics, the animal welfare movement, transporters and other stakeholders to, among other things, review and renew Codes of Practice. For more information, please visit the NFACC website.