Zero tolerance approach to abuse
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.
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.