THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.


Resources for farmers

The BC SPCA works with farmers, veterinarians and scientists to develop resources that provide producers and other agriculture industry professionals with practical information and tools to help them evaluate and improve the welfare of the animals they raise.

Choose the topic you are interested in:

General
Horses & Other Equines
Pigs
Egg-Laying Chickens
Turkeys & Broiler Chickens
Dairy Cattle
Beef Cattle
Sheep

General

Compare Canada's Codes of Practice and organic standards to the SPCA Certified program (web page)

SPCA Certified Farm Animal Health Plans: Guiding Principles (PDF)

Farm Animal Emergency Preparedness: Learn how to keep your farm animals safe in an emergency (web page)

Optimal Feeding Management for Small Farm Owners (web page)

A Rancher's Guide: Coexistence Among Livestock, People and Wolves (2013) (PDF)

Canada Organic Regime and related Organic Production System Standards (web pages)

Horses & Other Equines

Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (National Farm Animal Care Council, 2013) (web page)

BC SPCA videos and factsheets on how to meet the Canadian Code of Practice (web page)

Equine Hoof Health Management during Winter and Spring Seasons (PDF)

Pigs

Canadian Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs (National Farm Animal Care Council; 2014) (web page)

Avoiding Heat Stress in Pigs - republished with permission from AWA, A Program of a Greener World (PDF)

Sow Confinement: When Will it Become a Thing of the Past? (Gestation stall phase-outs and bans around the world; 2012) (PDF)

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Piglet Health? (PDF)

Early Detection and Prevention of Lameness in Sows (PDF)

Castration of Pigs: How to Prevent Pain and Stress (web page)

Egg-Laying Chickens

Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Poultry - Layers (National Farm Animal Care Council; in progress) (web page)

Diatomaceous earth: Its Use and Precautions for Parasite Control (PDF)

Transporting Hens for Backyard Flocks (PDF)

The life of egg-laying hens and the future of cage-free egg production (web page)

2011 Canada-wide Discussions about Battery Cages for Egg-Laying Hens (PDF; includes links to video presentations)

The Case Against Cages: Why Cage-Free Systems are Better for Laying Hens (PDF; Published by WSPA, 2012)

Turkeys & Broiler Chickens

Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders (National Farm Animal Care Council; in progress) (web page)

Improving welfare through better lighting programs (PDF)

Signs of Illness in Poultry: Is that Bird Sick or Lame? (PDF)

Lameness in Broiler Chickens: How to Score Walking Ability (PDF)

Transport: How are the Chickens Affected? (PDF)

Dairy Cattle

Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle (National Farm Animal Care Council, 2009) (web page)

Should Dairy Cows Have Access to Pasture? (web page)

Lameness in Dairy Cattle: How to Score Walking Ability (PDF)

How to Properly Apply a Tail Twist (YouTube video)

Picky Eaters: Ensuring Dairy Cows Eat What is Provided for them (PDF)

Beef Cattle

Grass-Fed Beef - Cost, Health, Animal Welfare and Environmental Benefits (web page)

Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle (National Farm Animal Care Council; 2013) (web page)

What beef producers need to know about pain control and prevention (Beef Cattle Research Council; YouTube video)

Castration of Beef Cattle: How to Prevent Pain and Stress (web page)

Castrating Beef Cattle: Meeting the Code of Practice Requirements (Beef Cattle Research Council) (web page)

Dehorning Beef Cattle: Meeting the Code of Practice Requirements (Beef Cattle Research Council) (web page)

Two-Step Weaning: a Low-Stress Method (web page)

Part 1: Dr. Stookey's Efficient and Novel Method for Sorting Cow-Calf Pairs (YouTube video)

Part 2: Dr. Stookey's Two-Step Weaning (YouTube video)

How to Properly Apply a Tail Twist (YouTube video)

Transport: How are the Cattle Affected? (PDF)

Sheep

Canadian Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep (National Farm Animal Care Council; 2013) (web page)

Castration of Sheep: How to Prevent Pain and Stress (web page)

 

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