2021 Information Resources for Dairy Producers
Funding, Prevention, Control and Best Practices Information
- COVID-19: Resources for the agri-food industry - links to funding, prevention and control information
- Ontario cattle farmers can apply for funding through the Canada-Ontario COVID-19 AgriRecovery Beef Emergency Feed Maintenance Initiative (includes dairy cull cows) to help cover increased costs of feeding and setting aside market-ready cattle due to COVID-19 related processing delays. Intake for the initiative will be assessed on a weekly basis.
- Prevent the Spread: On-Farm Best Practices for COVID-19 Prevention video. This video shows on-farm best practices and suggests ways to reduce the impact to human health and safety from the COVID-19 pandemic. Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) in collaboration with Acer Consulting
- Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
- Guidance for employers during breaks
- Break poster
- Lunch poster
- Keep it to yourself poster
- What To Do If Someone Working on Your Farm Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Workplace guidance for agricultural sector employers and employees
- Information Links for Managing Human Resources COVID-19 Response
Cull Dairy Cows
Before shipping always consider the health and welfare of the animal. Consult with your transporter and buyer before shipping as market access may change quickly.
- Feeding Cull Cows
- Culling Decisions: Dairy Cows provides information on what factors to consider when making culling decisions on your dairy farm.
- Cull Cow Decision Action Card is a guide on how to determine a cow's fitness before transport.
- "Should this Animal Be Loaded?" A decision tree with guidelines for transporting of cattle, sheep and goats.
Drying-off Dairy Cows
- Drying-off Dairy Cows provides information to consider for drying-off cull dairy cows and how to keep cows comfortable when drying-off.
Cull Cow Welfare
Some cows will require treatment before they are considered fit to ship. Consult with your veterinarian for treatment of compromised cattle. Cows that are unfit for transport may require on-farm euthanasia and appropriate deadstock disposal method.
- Caring for Compromised Cattle - Farm & Food Care
- On-farm euthanasia of cattle and calves provides information about on-farm euthanasia methods for cattle and calves.
Deadstock Disposal Methods
- Deadstock disposal options for cattle summary
- Off-farm disposal options include:
- Pickup by a licensed livestock mortality collection services.
- Transport of deadstock by a custodian or collector.
- On-farm disposal options include:
Mental Health Support
OMAFRA recognizes that farmers are under a lot of stress. If you are struggling, reach out to a friend, family or other emotional support.
Since learning of COVID-19, Ontario has taken decisive action to stop the spread of this virus to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians. Ontario is doing everything we can to keep our food supply system strong, including working closely with stakeholders and partners across all parts of the food production chain.
For more information:
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