Zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to abuse

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Dairy Farm­ers of On­tario main­tains a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to an­i­mal abuse. To that end, dairy farm­ers and the Na­tional Farm An­i­mal Care Coun­cil have col­lab­o­rated with sci­en­tists and gov­ern­ment ex­perts and the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Hu­mane So­ci­eties to up­date and strengthen the Code of Prac­tice for the Care and Han­dling of Dairy Cat­tle. The Code meets or ex­ceeds the ma­jor­ity of the stan­dards of hu­mane live­stock treat­ment ex­pected by the food in­dus­try and so­ci­ety.

DFO’s pol­icy state­ment with re­spect to an­i­mal wel­fare and care is: “DFO ex­pects that dairy farm­ers li­censed to pro­duce and mar­ket milk pro­vide hu­mane care and han­dling ac­cord­ing to the Dairy Code of Prac­tice. DFO pro­motes com­pli­ance with the Code of Prac­tice through ed­u­ca­tion and ex­ten­sion, in­spec­tion and co­op­er­a­tive ef­forts with stake­hold­ers and Farm and Food Care On­tario.”

On­tario Reg­u­la­tion 761 re­quires that only milk from healthy cows is of­fered for sale and re­quires that an­i­mals re­ceive ap­pro­pri­ate care. Field­per­sons ap­pointed by the Di­rec­tor de­ter­mine if ap­pro­pri­ate an­i­mal wel­fare and care is pro­vided dur­ing farm in­spec­tions. Farm in­spec­tion fre­quency is risk based and con­ducted at least bi-an­nu­ally. Fre­quency in­creases based on pre­vi­ous farm in­spec­tion find­ings and test re­sults be­ing within the reg­u­la­tory stan­dard.

In ad­di­tion to farm in­spec­tions, each li­censed dairy farmer must pro­vide a dec­la­ra­tion signed by the li­censed dairy farmer and their vet­eri­nar­ian an­nu­ally.

The dec­la­ra­tion is to in­di­cate that ap­pro­pri­ate care is pro­vided by the pro­ducer, that ap­pro­pri­ate an­i­mal wel­fare is ev­i­dent, and that ap­pro­pri­ate an­i­mal care is pro­vided. The pro­vi­sion of the an­nual dec­la­ra­tion is also re­quired un­der On­tario Reg­u­la­tion 761. end up drink­ing more milk in gen­eral. The re­sult is that chil­dren and teens who drink choco­late milk have a bet­ter over­all diet qual­ity than those who don’t. And, they weigh no more than their non-choco­latemilk-drink­ing peers.

Choco­late milk con­tains no more su­gar than unsweet­ened apple juice and only a very small amount of caf­feine found nat­u­rally in co­coa. Its bal­ance of protein and car­bo­hy­drates makes it an ideal post-work­out re­cov­ery drink, and just like white milk, choco­late milk con­trib­utes to the health of our teeth. As widely loved as it is, choco­late milk ac­counts for only seven per cent of milk con­sump­tion in Canada and for less than one per cent of our added su­gar in­take.

Drink of cham­pi­ons

Many ath­letes pre­fer choco­late milk fol­low­ing a work-out or a marathon. Visit recharge­with­milk.ca to learn more about the role of choco­late milk as a post-re­cov­ery drink.

Se­crets ex­posed!

The great chefs of the world have se­crets that make their cre­ations tastier, and one of those se­crets is milk! Here are some sim­ple ways to make milk part of your every day cook­ing: Add rich­ness, tenderness and mois­ture to bread dough and other baked goods by re­plac­ing the wa­ter with fresh milk.

Add ex­tra cal­cium and protein to muffins, quick breads, pan­cakes and cook­ies by adding pow­dered milk with the dry in­gre­di­ents. Pow­dered milk mixed into meat­loaf, meat balls or casseroles helps them hold shape their shape bet­ter and adds cal­cium.

Whip skim or 1% milk into foam us­ing a man­ual or bat­tery-pow­ered milk frother or an im­mer­sion blender with a whip at­tach­ment.

Cud­dle a cow

The per­fect rem­edy for anx­i­ety and stress might be ly­ing in your barn right now. That’s what some peo­ple in the Nether­lands be­lieve af­ter they tried a new form of ther­apy that calls on peo­ple to curl up with a four-legged com­pan­ion. They’re say­ing cows make great ther­a­pists, and don’t worry, if you’re not in the mood to share your deep­est thoughts and feel­ings with the an­i­mals, cud­dling up with them will still do the trick.

Farmer Mar­ente Hup­kes, who runs Koeknuffe­len in the Nether­lands, was the first to of­fer cow cud­dling ses­sions, but now the coun­try has more of th­ese “care farms” de­signed to help calm over­stressed peo­ple and cater to chil­dren and adults with be­havioural prob­lems. Though it hasn’t been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to re­duce peo­ple’s stress, clients have some pos­i­tive feed­back about cud­dling up with a warm, 700-kilo­gram bovine, and learn­ing “the lan­guage of the cow.”

TRANQUILITY: While some herds rarely set foot in a field th­ese days, many cat­tle are still sent out to pas­ture, cre­at­ing a tra­di­tional bu­colic scene.

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