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Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program


 
Ontario farmers are required by regulation to adhere to the national Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program (ACP). Developed by Chicken Farmers of Canada, The ACP is based on the Canadian Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders from Hatchery to Processing Plant.

The ACP program is audited alongside the OFFSP program with a particular concentration on litter management, feed and water quality, environmental control (temperature, air quality, lighting), stocking density, bird monitoring and handling, health care practices, and staff training around bird behavior (i.e. disease and environmental monitoring).

Over 40 poultry, veterinary, animal care and industry organizations were consulted during the ACP development process and the program is supported by groups such as the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

In March of 2013, CFO entered into an agreement with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) to work together and develop a strong relationship, reinforcing CFO’s commitment to animal welfare and transparency.

Download the Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program Manual


Important Changes to the Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program Effective May 1, 2017

Information about the new Highly Recommended (HR) requirements and changes to the Raised by a Canadian Farmer Animal Care Program, including a factsheet on lighting programs, can be accessed on the Farmer-Member Resource Area


Want to learn more about CFO's partnership with the Ontario SPCA?

CLICK HERE to listen to a SPCA Pawdcast featuring Dr. Gwen Zellen, Vice President, Quality, Technical Affairs and Sustainability, CFO.