Tuesday, June 4, 2013

NFAAC Code of Practice for Care and Handling of Mink now available

The new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farmed Mink is now available. The 2013 edition, developed by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) replaces the 1988 version, developed and published by Agriculture Canada.

These Codes of Practice are national developed guidelines for the care and handling of farm animals. They serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and recommended practices. Codes promote sound management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation and other animal husbandry practices. ( NFAAC, 2013)
Ranchers are encouraged to familiarize themselves and their employees with the updated codes. For more information, contact:   

Canada Mink Breeders Association
65 Skyway Ave Suite B, Rexdale, ON M9W 6C7 CANADA
Telephone: 416-675-9400
Fax: 416-675-9401
Email: cmba@ica.net

For information on the Code of Practice development process contact:
National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)
Website: www.nfacc.ca


Biosecurity Resources

With increased pressure on mink ranches in preventing the spread of Aleutian Disease, biosecurity is becoming a hot topic. However, biosecurity is just as important in preventing infection and spread of other infections agents, not just the AD virus.  
Two excellent resources are available on-line for mink ranchers and other livestock owners.
Biosecurity Nova Scotia provides an overview of biosecurity principles as well as Standard Operating Protocols (SOP’s) to help implement an effective program on your farm
The  Virtual Farm   demonstrates an effective program in words, pictures and videos.

For more information, contact Perennia to chat with a specialist.