Animal Welfare Partnerships
We believe the sharing of best practices is best achieved through education and training.
In addition to promoting recognized standards of animal care throughout our supply chain, we partner with various organizations to advocate for the improvement of national standards and industry regulations in the countries where we operate.
Through our various initiatives which centre around education and training, we have been able to reach more than 28,000 dairy-industry workers in FY23. These include workshops and webinars, industry presentations, and access to online training tools, which were either hosted or made available by our partners or field staff.
Highlights from some of our partnerships:
The Saputo Dairy Care Program
is offered at the University of Guelph through the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare and the Ontario Veterinary College. This program focuses on providing specific dairy welfare education, including workshops, to veterinary students, veterinary practitioners, and dairy producers.
The Dairyland Initiative and the LifeStep™ Program
Led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, we contribute to funding two important initiatives:
The Dairyland Initiative provides resources, consulting services and workshops to develop animal welfare-friendly housing for dairy cattle and make each of these important tools accessible to all dairy producers and participating professionals around the world. In FY2021, we expanded our support, which enabled faculty and staff to provide twice-yearly workshops for farmers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and industry consultants.
The development of the LifeStep™ Program focuses on low-stress cattle handling approaches, lameness prevention and end of life management—all practices that contribute to the quality of life of farm animals.