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Standards and Guidelines

Provides an animal handling and audit guidelines from the American Meat Institute (AMI) as well as links to companies that provide auditing services.

Humane Farm Animal Care.

Includes links to the Policy Manual as well as Standards for beef cattle, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, goats, pigs, sheep, turkeys, and young dairy beef.

National Milk Producers Federation.

This manual is an educational resource on best management practices for animal care issues including animal health, facilities and environment, nutrition, and transportation and handling of dairy cattle.

Animal Welfare Institute.

Humane husbandry standards are outlined for pigs, cattle, ducks, rabbits, and sheep. Housing, diet, health, and transport of animals are addressed.

Global Animal Partnership.

Referred to as the GAP 5-Step program, there are animal welfare rating standards now available for beef cattle, broiler chickens, and pigs.

American Sheep Industry Association

Published in 2006, these guidelines for sheep producers are intended to minimize animal stress and improve the health and well-being of sheep.