Together with food safety, animal care is increasingly scrutinized in the agri-food sector, especially at the production level. In this context the pork producer’s primary goal is to maintain high husbandry standards while remaining competitive. This requires adopting the high standards set by the industry and government agencies on issues including animal care, biosecurity and antibiotic use.
The practice is adopted by more than 80% of producers
The practice is adopted by between 50% and 79% of producers
The practice is adopted by less than 50% of producers
The practice is to be tracked and reported on during the next reporting period
Dimension 4 | Animal Care and Food Safety
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Adoption and compliance with recognized standards regarding: animal care, biosecurity, and antibiotic use
Number of pork producers who have made changes in their barns, equipment and/or practices to improve animal care.
This result reinforces the industry’s commitment to animal care and well-being.
Number of pork producers who have read the Pig Code and have made changes on their farms.
The industry will continue to evaluate changes to best management practices incorporating the Pig Code.
KPI to be defined in 2016 based on new Canadian Quality Assurance/Animal Care Assessment programs’ requirements and Health Canada legislation.
Antimicrobial use regulations come into effect Dec. 1, 2018 and CQA/ACA rolls out in 2019. Commitments related to both will be established in the future.
Total budget invested by Swine Health Ontario.
Ontario Pork has championed Swine Health Ontario through contributions of $168,067 since 2016.
Those transporting pigs or arranging for pigs to be transported must follow the most current national and provincial animal transport requirements. The federal requirements for animal transport are covered under the
Health of Animals Regulations, Part XII (Transportation of Animals).
Certification in either the Transport Quality Assurance Program or the Canadian Livestock Transport Certification Program are available to Ontario transporters and truckers:
Ontario Pork regularly sends out resources for transporters/truckers including hot and cold weather kits, loading densities, emergency procedures and care of hogs in transit documentation.
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Reporting concerns about animal care
Ontario Pork is committed to high standards of animal care, as outlined under Canada’s Pig Code.
Please note, as of April 1, 2019, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is no longer involved in livestock investigations or enforcement. Ontario Pork continues to work with government, police and agricultural groups to develop a sustainable, responsible and effective way forward.
If you have concerns about an animal welfare situation involving pigs in Ontario, please contact Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or your local police service. A listing of regional police services can be found here.
Additional information is available through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The Agriculture Information Contact Centre can be reached 24 hours a day, at 1-877-424-1300.