What's in it for you?

Implementing an Animal Care Assessment will help you manage animal care on your farm and demonstrate your successes.

Processors, food retailers, restaurants and other food service stakeholders are being asked by their customers to provide assurances of both food safety and animal welfare practices. CQA provides verifiable proof on the food safety front and the ACA will address animal welfare. Consumers are becoming more demanding and that trend is likely to continue.

From an export perspective, Canada is seen as a leader in many area of livestock production. The more ‘locked in’ guarantees Canada can provide its export customers, the better.

The ACA will become a new point of differentiation for your farm’s pork and for Canadian pork – and that’s important to both domestic and international customers.

As a livestock producer, you already know with well-treated animals, your shipments receive less dockage and condemnations from bruising or other physical damage to the meat.

What’s covered?

All aspects of day-to-day farm life that impact the health and welfare of the pig are included in the Animal Care Assessment, including:

Care of animals

  • Identification and care of sick or injured pigs
  • Space allowances
  • Mortality levels
  • Body scores – breeding stock
  • Humane euthanasia protocols


  • Employee training

Housing and Environment

  • Temperature and Ventilation
  • Barn maintenance
  • In case of power failures
  • Flooring
  • Feeders
  • Waterers

Who can participate?

All producers who are CQA registered can participate in ACA.

CQA Producer Materials:

CQA® Producer Materials »


Animal Care

ACA Manual »