The Dairy Cattle Welfare Council recognizes the welfare of dairy animals is a primary responsibility of farm owners, managers, employees, veterinarians, nutritionists and all other people who work or are involved with a dairy. Animal welfare is informed by science, practiced by ethical treatment of animals in all situations, and characterized by lives that are worth living for all animals on a farm. This includes providing for the physiologic needs of animals which include housing, nutrition, disease and injury prevention as well as for their mental/emotional well-being. Such provisions include but are not limited to:
- Nutrition, including water, for normal growth and physiology and prevention of nutritionally associated diseases
- Clean and dry housing, that includes opportunity for social interaction with other cows/calves, exercise and mental stimulation
- Thermal comfort provided to all animals at all times
- Disease and injury prevention and prompt recognition of disease with appropriate treatments, including nursing care
- Positive human-animal interactions, compassionate and understanding of the animal’s emotional needs, and minimization of fear and distress
The DCWC is committed to these principles.
(Approved by the DCWC Executive Board; January, 2018.)