Website addresses change periodically. The sites listed are current as of January 2003.

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve security of the food system, health of the environment and innovation for growth. Abstracts available from "The Lennoxville Symposium on Farm Animal Welfare In Canada: New technologies, research and world trade."

Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) Association
Cambrian PO Box 75028
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2K 6J8
Tel: (403) 932‑8050, Fax: (403) 932‑8052, Email:

AFAC is an association started by farmers. AFAC's goal is to promote responsible animal care and enhance public understanding of Alberta's animal agriculture. AFAC participates in issues and legislation that affect animal care and encourages research relevant to animal care. Website contains Farm Animal Welfare News a publication that contains current information on farm animal welfare initiatives, relevant issues, and research conducted in Canada. Reports, codes of practice, legislative information, and information on training courses in dairy handling and transport are also listed.

American Dairy Science Association
1111 N. Dunlap Avenue
Savoy, IL 61874
Tel: (217) 356-3182, Fax: (217) 398-4119. E-mail:

The objectives of American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) are to stimulate the discovery, application, and dissemination of knowledge. Original research, reviews and timely information are published in the official ADSA publication, the Journal of Dairy Science. Special topic publications available for purchase covering dairy health, housing, and management. The ADSA website includes additional links to university dairy related websites, breed associations, and databases.

Animal Health and Welfare

The health and welfare of animals is central to Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affair's (DEFRA) work of protecting and improving livestock and controlling and eradicating disease. The Animal Health and Welfare pages are divided into various subject areas including: BSE, Tuberculosis, Identification, Animal Welfare, International Trade, Disease surveillance and control.

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Blvd.
Beltsville, MD 20705
Tel: (301) 504-6212, Fax: (301) 504-7125, Contact Us

The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) located at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library provides reference services primarily for patrons using animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act. Farm animals used in teaching, testing, and non-production oriented research are covered by the Act. AWIC produces bibliographies on the welfare and husbandry of swine, cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents. The Animal Welfare Information Center Bulletin contains several articles on agricultural animal care and use including anesthesia, analgesia, animal transport, and animal welfare issues. The AWIC website includes these documents. The site also contains links to US farm animal policies, guidelines, and congressional activity.

Animal Welfare Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) New Zealand

Full text Codes of Recommendations and Minimum Standards available for dairy cattle and bobby calves. Humane treatment of cattle during transport, slaughter, and sale yards covered.

Animal Well-Being and Stress Control Systems

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the principal research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ARS is charged with extending the nation's scientific knowledge across a broad range of program areas. This website describes ARS research initiatives in the area of farm animal well-being and stress.

Annotated Database on Refinement of Housing and Handling Conditions and Environmental Enrichment for Laboratory Animals. Part II: Cattle, Calves, Chickens, Goats, Horses, Quails, Pigs, Sheep

Database of articles, abstracts, book chapters, and books on all aspects of refinement and environmental enrichment of housing and handling conditions. Regularly updated.

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Provides fact sheets, research reports, codes of practice, and other materials regarding the care, health, diseases, breeding, environment, feeding, and reproduction of dairy cattle raised in Canada.

Colonel K.L. Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare

Located at the University of Guelph, the Centre's mission is to promote the welfare of animals through research and education. Research projects focus on: alternatives for the use of animals in teaching; assessing animal well being; enriching the lives of laboratory animals; ethical issues of animal use; animal breeding and genetic engineering; humane husbandry systems alleviating animal suffering; and relationships between animals and people.

Cooperative State Research Education & Extension Service (CSREES) Home Page

CSREES links the research and education programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and works with land-grant institutions in each state, territory and the District of Columbia. The mission of CSREES is in cooperation with partners and customers, to advance a global system of research, extension and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human sciences to benefit people, communities, and the Nation. A clickable map of extension programs by state is available at Dairy producers are encouraged to use this site to locate extension materials that are specific to their state's climate conditions, breeds of cattle, types of housing, etc.

Combined Livestock Issues Database Information

Reference database compiled for farm animal researchers and educators. Provides references on contemporary issues in animal agriculture.

Companion Animals and Livestock

Information provided by New South Wales Department of Agriculture on dairy cattle breeding and selection, health, nutrition, facilities, handling, and quality assurance.

Dr. Temple Grandin's Web Page

Full text, abstracts, reviews, and general information based on or related to the work of applied ethologist Temple Grandin. Topics include livestock behavior, design of stockyards and restraining systems, humane and ritual slaughter, stress and meat quality, current research, animal welfare/rights, and books.

Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Behavior (EFAB)

Includes audio and video images. This encyclopedia is intended for research and teaching and will provide a standard for what actions compose a given behavior. Provided by the USDA, ARS, Southern Plains Area, Livestock Issues Research Unit, and Multimedia Division.

European Commission on Animal Welfare

The European Commission's activities on animal welfare start with the recognition that animals are sentient beings. The Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection is responsible for an important part of this work, setting standards for the welfare of animals on the farm, during transport and at slaughter. Links to animal welfare policy objectives, legislative action, ongoing initiatives, and international animal welfare issues.

Farm Animal Welfare Council Report on the Welfare of Dairy Cattle

Response of the Royal Agricultural Society of England to the Farm Animal Welfare Council Report on Dairy Cattle.

Healthy Animals

The Healthy Animals website offers an online compilation of animal health-related research news by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific agency, the Agricultural Research Service.

The International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS)

A not‑for‑profit organization created to provide clinically relevant, up‑to‑date information to veterinary practitioners, veterinary students, clinicians and researchers worldwide using the Internet and provides free access to original, electronic textbooks, reviews, updates, and other resources on a wide variety of veterinary topics. All publications are original contributions written specifically for the IVIS website and reviewed by the editor(s) of the book. Each book is available on‑line and includes links to information about relevant medications and to abstracts of references. Book chapters can be printed on a desktop printer for easy reading. Veterinary related information available for farm, laboratory, companion, and exotic animal species.


NetVet focuses on veterinary resources with links to veterinary education, listservs, organizations, publications, and images. This award-winning site is an excellent starting point for looking for materials for training personnel in care and use of agricultural animals. A useful feature of NetVet is the Electronic Zoo. Among the Electronic Zoo animal group icons are horses, cows, pigs, small ruminants, and birds. Each icon contains a list of websites related to these species. The cow page for example, includes links to professional associations such as the American Dairy Science Association, trade publications including Hoard's Dairyman, university departments of animal or dairy sciences, and information publications including Information Resources for Mastitis.

Oklahoma State University, Department of Animal Science Web page

Livestock virtual library, breeds of livestock, multimedia CD-ROM on livestock reproduction, dairy publications on feeding, etc.

Ontario, Canada, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Livestock Web page

Web pages are available for dairy, beef, swine, goats, and alternative livestock. Dairy page includes conference listings, facts sheets on dry cows, calves, health management, forages, waste management, and current legislation.

Texas A&M Dairy Cattle Website

Fact sheets available on dairy cattle feeding, heat stress, hoof care, pest control, mastitis, and more. Select dairy cattle from the menu bar.

Total Dairy Management at the Cornell Animal Science Department

This program is designed for students, dairy farmers, agribusiness people and others who have a sincere interest in dairy farm management. Objectives are to gain further understanding of the integration and application of dairy farm management principles and programs with respect to progressive dairying and related industries.

UC Davis Dairy Cattle Programs and Welfare Page

Fact sheets available on West Nile Virus, Antrax, Foot and Mouth Disease, biosecurity on dairy farms, body scoring of dairy cattle, colostrum intake in calves, and more. "Dairy Care Practices" a 44 page document covering many aspects of health and production available in PDF format.

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Dairy Page

Fact sheets published by Extension Dairy Specialists, from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Full text articles on breeding, reproduction, herd management, heat stress, feeding, nutrition, and more.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Dairy Page

Dairy experts from the Common Wealth review literature and suggest recommendations for dairy cattle care and husbandry in the state of Virginia. Abstracts available online covering health, management, nutrition, and reproduction of dairy cattle.

University of Alberta, Canada, Western Canadian Dairy Seminar Home Page

Seminar designed for participants who want to improve their knowledge and decision-making abilities in dairy production and technology. Site includes keyword searchable proceedings from 1995.

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) Dairy page

Information on biosecurity strategies for dairy farms. E coli, Salmonella other disease pathogens covered.

WWW Library Dairy Cattle Resources Focuses on Specific Problems

Links provided to websites and online documents covering management, housing, nutrition, health, disease, genetics, reproduction, and welfare.

XPLOR, University of Missouri, Cooperative Extension Dairy Publications

Factsheets and abstracts available on dairy feeding, management, mastitis treatment, breeding, housing, and waste management.

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