Saskatchewan livestock producers balance providing a safe, reliable supply of meat, dairy and poultry products with the importance of caring for our animals. They are supported in this work by government, industry and non-profit organizations with interests in animal welfare and safe food production.
For example, the National Farm Animal Care Council develops guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. These Codes of Practice serve as the national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices for a variety of animals.
On-farm Animal Health and Welfare
Through the use of these Codes, Saskatchewan producers lead the way in on-farm animal health and welfare. From livestock feeding and handling systems to facility design and herd health, producers use safe, supportive animal care practices based on sound research.
Help From Organizations
Organizations like the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute (PAMI) help bring advancements in technology to our livestock producers. For example, PAMI’s Western Beef Development Centre offers new ideas and technologies to help producers in the beef cattle industry raise livestock sustainably and profitably.
Partners in animal health research, such as the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), help determine standards that ensure animals are healthy and safe.
The WCVM is the premiere centre of veterinary education, research and expertise in Western Canada. It carries out vital research related to food animals, livestock production and management, animal welfare, public health and food safety, and environmental health.
Saskatchewan producers look to the guidelines provided by animal health experts to help monitor livestock health. Partners in industry supply livestock feeds developed based on sound research and nutrition studies that show the benefits of the feeds to both animal health and human health.
With the help of industry, research and non-profit partners, Saskatchewan producers help to feed the global population – which grows by 90 million people each year.