Common procedures performed in cattle are known to be painful and should be performed in ways that minimize stress and pain. Giving pain relief or eliminating the need for the procedure are ways to do this.
How to assess:
Review the painful procedures protocol to confirm that the following information is included and that appropriate criteria are being met:
This protocol must have been reviewed and signed by the VOR within the last 12 months.
Evidence that this protocol is being followed on the farm will be checked during the audit by interviewing an employee who performs these procedures and by visual confirmation that farm practices are consistent with the SOP.
This template is provided as a guideline; farms may write their own as long as minimum content (highlighted in blue) is met