Thank you for your interest in the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle. The draft Code will be available for review and comment according to the following schedule:

Public Comment Period launch date: November 29, 2021
Closing date for comments: January 27, 2022
Status: Open for review and comments

The draft Code was developed by a multi-stakeholder committee following the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) Code development process. This is your chance to let us know what you like about the draft Code, what you think can be improved, and if there's anything that's missing. 

The peer-reviewed Scientific Committee Report is also available. This report provides a review of research on priority welfare issues that were identified as part of this Code development process. The Code Committee uses the report to inform their discussions and decision-making.

More information on Codes and the development process is available at


After you read this short introduction, click “Next” to begin your review. Content from each section of the draft Code is provided and followed by a comment box. You can provide feedback on all sections or only sections of interest to you. After you have made your comments, you can choose to leave a general comment about the Code or choose to be taken to the last page so you can submit your input. 

TIP: Use the "Prev" or "Next" buttons to navigate through the draft Code. Do not use the back button on your browser.

TIP: Ensure your feedback is specific, provides a rationale, and, whenever possible, includes alternative wording or suggestions for how to address your concern. Where possible, identify the text to which your comment pertains (e.g. for recommended practice A – suggestion to change….). You can also copy and paste the relevant Code content as part of your comment.

Please be polite. Submissions that include profanity or derogatory or threatening language will not be considered. NFACC may exclude submissions that are inconsistent with the spirit or intent of the Public Comment Period.
You may download or print the full draft version to review before providing feedback; however, feedback on the draft Code will only be accepted through this online system.

The draft Code is 60 pages excluding appendices. If you do not have time to review the entire document at once, you can click “Exit” (top right hand corner of each page) and return at a later time through the web link or by bookmarking this page. Feedback can only be submitted once from any given computer (i.e., IP address).

Following the Public Comment Period, the Code Development Committee will consider all feedback, revise the draft as deemed necessary, and submit a final Code to NFACC. The revised dairy cattle Code of Practice is slated to be released in 2022.