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Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program

NCFA’s Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program has resulted in a code of practice specific to the handling and care of beef cattle on Canadian confined feeding operations (CFOs).

The Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program is not intended to replace or supplant the National Beef Code, but to serve as a companion code focusing on animal care issues unique to beef feedlots. The program provides feedlot operators and beef processors with a single and widely accepted animal care protocol, dispensing with the need for multiple animal care agreements between cattle feeders and beef processors.

“As a company that’s built our reputation on serving safe food for almost 50-years, animal health and welfare is very important to McDonald’s Canada and our guests as we know that healthy animals provide safe food. We are proud that animal welfare has been part of our legacy of commitment for decades and is now one of the main components of our recently concluded Sustainable Beef Pilot project. Given our focus on animal care and independent third party verification, we commend The National Cattle Feeders Association for receiving Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) certification of their Feedlot Animal Care Assessment tool. The certification is a testament to the NCFA’s leadership in working with processors, producers, and industry technical experts to produce a tangible tool that focuses on improving the health and welfare of animals raised for food, benefiting everyone in the value chain.” Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Senior Manager Sustainability, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited

Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program: Instructions, Standard, and Common Audit Tool

Canadian Feedlot Animal Care Assessment Program:  Common Audit Tool (audit checklist)

PAACO-AuditTool – English

Fillable Protocol Templates

Brochure

Documents

  • Código de Practicas para Ganado de Carne – Engorda

Training videos on low-stress cattle handling

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ARTICLES

Feedlot animal program debuts
The Western Producer, February 2017

Grounds for a failed feedlot audit
Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 7
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, January 2017

Cattle Transportation Practices 
Canadian Feedlot animal care assessment — Part 6
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, November 2016

Feeding and pen environment 
Canadian Feedlot animal care assessment — Part 5
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, November 2016

Auditing facilities and cattle handling
Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 4
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, October 2016

Animal Health Management
Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 3
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, October 2016

A feedlot’s commitment to animal care 
Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 2
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, September 2016

What to expect in a feedlot animal care audit 
Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 1
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, July 2016

Canada sets the bar for feedlot animal care
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, May 2016

Cattle Feeders get proactive with new feedlot animal welfare audit
Alberta Farmer Express, September 2016

The price for serving alternative markets
Canadian Cattlemen Magazine, August 2016

Getting everyone on the same page
Alberta Beef Magazine, June 2016

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