NewStream Farm Animal Care, Volume 3, Edition 3
New progress on animal care codes of practice
Posted: June 2, 2016
NFACC gives a codes and communications update
An updated Code of Practice for the care and handling of hatching eggs, breeders, chickens and turkeys will be released June 15, 2016 according to the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).
This new Code, which was updated in accordance with NFACC's Code development process, has been one of the most complex code development processes completed to date given the number of sectors involved. Revisions to the "poultry (meat)" Code started in 2011. The public comment period, which ended in December 2015, garnered over 900 submissions.
Watch NFACC's website www.nfacc.ca for a news release as the new code goes live.
There is also progress on four other codes:
- Poultry (layers). This moves into the public comment period. The Code Development Committee met in early May with the aim of releasing the draft layer Code for broader input through the public comment period as soon as possible. Clarifications on the Code development process and the status of the layer Code were made available at www.nfacc.ca/news?articleid=263 for those wishing to better understand the process for Code Development Committee deliberations.
- Rabbits. The Code Development Committee met in March 2016. A summary of this meeting is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-rabbit. The next meeting is scheduled for July.
- Veal Cattle. The Code Development Committee met in March 2016. A summary of the meeting is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-veal-cattle. The next meeting is scheduled for June.
- Bison. The Code Development Committee met in February 2016. A summary of that meeting is available at www.nfacc.ca/progress-report-bison. The next meeting is scheduled for June 2016.
Two-year progress report available
Also from NFACC is an update on progress in farm animal care over the past two years. The Market Relevant Codes and Communication Leadership Project is a compilation of accomplishments for April 2015-March 2016. It's available from NFACC's website at www.nfacc.ca/pdfs/NFACC_AR_2016_EN.pdf.
New videos explain code development
Two videos have been released to explain the complexities of the process the Code development process. "Raising the Bar: The Code Development Process" explains the seven steps of a code development. It can be viewed at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2cvixnA_MQ.
The second video, "Key Features of the Code Development Process" highlights important Code process features that contribute to sustainable animal welfare improvements and public trust while supporting the viability of Canadian farmers. It's available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFbyJlFqwnM