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The Code of Cattle Care

This Code of Cattle Care from Beef Quality Assurance lists general recommendations for care and handling of cattle that all responsible ranchers should follow.
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Beef cattle producers take pride in their responsibility to provide proper care to cattle.  

This Code of Cattle Care from Beef Quality Assurance lists general recommendations for care and handling of cattle that all responsible ranchers should follow:  

  • Provide necessary food, water and care to protect the health and well-being of animals.  
  • Provide disease prevention practices to protect herd health, including access to veterinary medical care.  
  • Provide facilities that allow safe, humane, and efficient movement and/or restraint of cattle.  
  • Provide personnel with training/experience to properly handle and care for cattle.  
  • Make timely observations of cattle to ensure basic needs are being met.  
  • Minimize stress when transporting cattle.  
  • Keep updated on advancements and changes in the industry to make decisions based upon sound production practices and consideration for animal well-being.  
  • Persons who willfully mistreat animals will not be tolerated.  

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