21 May 2009
RSPCA welfare standards for dairy cattle.
The RSPCA Welfare standards for dairy cattle have been developed to provide the only RSPCA-approved scheme for the rearing, handling, transport and slaughter of dairy cattle. They take account of legislation, government welfare codes, scientific research, veterinary advice, recommendations of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) and the practical experience of the farming industry. The standards are based upon the ‘Five Freedoms’ as defined by FAWC (hence the name ‘Freedom Food. Although these ‘freedoms’ define ideal states, they provide a comprehensive framework for the assessment of animal welfare on farm, in transit and at the place of slaughter, as well as representing an important element of farm assurance requirements.
Author/Organization: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Topics: dairy production