Codes of Practice for the Care & Handling of Farm Animals

The Codes of Practice are nationally developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. The Codes serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices.

The following Codes of Practice can be viewed by clicking on the species:

Beef code of practice

Beef Cattle


Chickens, Turkeys & Breeders

Dairy Cattle


Farmed Deer

Farmed Fox




Poultry – Layers



Veal Claves

Code Development Process

The development and revision of the Codes is a very unique process that the National Farm Animal Care Council is responsible for. A set of specific Principles and Guidelines have been set out to guide the process of the revision and development process of the Codes. This process is laid out in the following visual:

 code development timeline



Scientific Committee

During the development process a Scientific Committee report is an integral part of updating the Code. This committee is comprised of scientific experts that come together to review all current research and data relating to the species. This report is then used by the Code development committee when drafting the specific Code.

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