TFC Flock Care Program

Canadian turkey farmers are committed to providing wholesome and safe food to consumers in a way that ensures the humane care and treatment of their birds.

Turkey Farmers of Canada’s Flock Care Program (FCP) is an auditable national program that provides turkey farmers with measures to ensure the proper handling and care of their birds.

Based on the Canadian Recommended Code of Practice for the Safe Care and Handling of Farm Animals: Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders from Hatchery to Processing Plant, as well as other international programs and standards, TFC’s Flock Care Program requires detailed on-farm record-keeping and documentation, and complements the animal care-related measures covered by the TFC On-Farm Food Safety Program.

Code of Practice
Canada’s Codes of Practice are national guidelines for farm animal care requirements and recommended best practices. They are intended to promote sound management and welfare practices through recommendations and requirements for animal care that promote animal health and well being. The Codes serve as educational tools, reference materials for regulations, and as the foundation for industry animal care assessment programs.

Codes must be reviewed regularly and revised as production and management systems evolve. The Turkey Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers and Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council initiated a review and update of the existing Code of Practice for chickens, turkeys and breeders in October 2011. The ongoing review and Code development process is being led by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) in collaboration with multiple stakeholders. Code revisions follow specific steps that are designed to make the process transparent, collaborative, science-informed, consensus-based, and reflective of societal expectations.

For more information, visit the NFACC website.