Animal Health & Welfare

Milk from healthy and well-cared animals provides nutrition security for millions of people around the world.

IDF work on animal health and welfare focuses on dialogue and discussion on, and form consensus about new developments in the dairy sector field of animal health and animal welfare, their implications on prevention of diseases considering aspects relating to farm economics, food safety, human health, and dairy technology.

IDF also works to assess the effects of cattle diseases on animal welfare and dairy production for human consumption, as well as maintaining relations with intergovernmental and non- governmental bodies.

The dairy sector supports animal welfare

The dairy sector is committed to implementing best practices to ensure animal welfare based on scientific evidence and reference standards. The IDF promotes the implementation of good animal welfare practices in dairy production at global scale and refers to key Standards.

The IDF is actively contributing to the work on animal welfare of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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The role of the IDF is to provide science-based expertise and consensus for the global sector

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The breadth of issues IDF covers in its work is extensive. Find out more about the work we do.

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Excellent udder health for high quality milk

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Calf care from birth to weaning

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Farm Management

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