Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 30, 2010 16:42 ET

Government of Canada Helps Farmers Improve Animal Care Practices

GUELPH, ONTARIO,--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - Canadian farmers are proud to provide excellent care for their animals and the Government of Canada is investing in further development of best-practices for livestock handling. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Member of Parliament Joe Preston (Elgin—Middlesex—London) today 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 Minister Ritz. "The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Canadian farmers to further develop best-practices that will strengthen our livestock industry."

"Our farmers take pride in their animal handling practices", said MP Preston. "I'm proud to be part of a Government that helps farmers in Ontario and across Canada utilize the latest research and best-practices in farm animal care."

The Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC), working with the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC), will use this investment of up to $3.4 million to advance animal care and well-being in the farmed animal sector.

"CAHC has been successful in bringing groups together for common purposes, including establishing the National Farm Animal Care Council and providing support for its continued development," said Mark Beaven, Executive Director, CAHC. "CAHC thanks the Federal Government for its support for the project, and is committed to facilitating the successful outcomes that support farmed animal health and welfare, alongside farmed animal production and trade."

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."

Funding for this project is being made available through the AgriFlexibility fund, a program delivered in Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP). The EAP focuses on strengthening the economy and securing Canada's economic future.

Funding is subject to the project meeting all eligibility requirments 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.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-773-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Canadian Animal Health Coalition
    Mark Beaven
    Executive Director
    519-292-0585
    or
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary
    613-773-1059
    or
    National Farm Animal Care Council
    Jackie Wepruk
    General Manager
    403-783-4066