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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.

Score Legend

The practice is adopted by more than 80% of producers
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 between 50% and 79% of producers
The practice is adopted by less than 50% of producers
The practice is adopted by less than 50% of producers
The practice is to be tracked
The practice is to be tracked and reported on during the next reporting period

Dimension 4 | Animal Care and Food Safety

OBJECTIVES
COMMITMENTS
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
SCORE
Adoption and compliance with recognized standards regarding: animal care, biosecurity, and antibiotic use
Monitor the improvements implemented on the farm and solicit best practices regarding animal care.
Number of pork producers who have made changes in their barns, equipment and/or practices to improve animal care.
The practice is adopted by less than 50% of producers
Number of pork producers who have read the Pig Code and have made changes on their farms.
The practice is adopted by more than 80% of producers
Collaborate with stakeholders to track, monitor and develop solutions to promote responsible use of antimicrobials.
KPI to be defined in 2016 based on new Canadian Quality Assurance/Animal Care Assessment programs’ requirements and Health Canada legislation.
The practice is to be tracked
Champion Swine Health Ontario in the creation and oversight of an industry-wide, long-term strategy for swine health with a first-year budget of $150,000.
Total budget invested by Swine Health Ontario.
The practice is to be tracked

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Ontario Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) memorandum of agreement. In an agreement designed to address concerns of animal abuse or neglect, Ontario Pork and Ontario SPCA are working together when investigating complaints about animal welfare on swine farms. Under the agreement, Ontario Pork provides technical assistance to Ontario SPCA’s officers and arranges a joint inspection of the farm property for the purpose of investigating allegations of inadequate animal care. Both organizations work together to exchange information and experiences related to on-farm animal care and Pig Code issues.


Pig Code

Pig Code

The Pig Code contains guidelines for the care and handling of pigs on Canadian farms throughout their lives. In 2014, the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) released its revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs (Pig Code).


Transportation

Transportation

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.

For more resources on transportation please click here


 

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