Farm involved in animal abuse shipping milk again

Milk pickup has resumed at Chilliwack Cattle Sales after new monitoring and testing measures were installed to improve animal protection.

The dairy operation in Chilliwack, B.C., has been in the spotlight after a member of an animal welfare group released video footage of animal abuse going on at the farm.

Eight employees were later fired.

The farm is Canada’s largest dairy farm with 3,500 cows and 30 employees.

Saputo Inc., the country’s largest milk processor, said last week it would no longer accept milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales and the B.C. Milk Marketing Board said it would stop collecting milk from the farm until animal welfare concerns were addressed.

Saputo and the milk marketing board announced today that after reviewing independent veterinarian reports, milk pickups from the farm would resume.

The B.C. Milk Marketing Board said in addition to long-term steps, the board has asked for immediate steps to be instituted:

• video cameras have been installed allowing for 24-hour surveillance of animal care practices

• Employee handbook was adopted and strict policies were developed to regulate employee behavior

• Better employee training plans must be developed

• The board has requested better supervision, particularly on the nightshift.

• The board advocates for interim third party on-site audits.

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