Animal Health

Animal health is a key component of animal care and welfare, which is of significant importance to BFO and its members. To assist livestock farmers in Ontario with educational resources and research extension on the topic of animal health, please see below for a number of links to resources available to farmers. As a reminder, we strongly encourage all farmers to have a strong vet-client patient relationship with their veterinary care provider to discuss animal health issues and concerns. 

Farmed Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative

Farmed Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative (FAAST) was developed to provide livestock farmers and their veterinarians with free tools and resources to help prevent antimicrobial resistance. Producers can access the following courses using the link below.

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Ontario Beef Industry
  • Introduction to Livestock Medicines
  • Regulations on Antimicrobial Use and Access
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • On-farm Biosecurity Management


Verified Beef Production Plus

The Verified Beef Production Plus (VBP+) producer manual is available to all producers regardless if the producer is certified under VBP+. The manual includes various sections that provide detailed information on animal health, including the use of livestock medicines and antimicrobials, animal nutrition, animal care, biosecurity, and more.


Ontario Corn Fed Beef Quality Assurance 

Ontario feedlot producers can access the Ontario Corn Fed Beef Quality Assurance (OCFBQA) program manual for information on animal care and animal health topics, such as use of veterinary medicines, antimicrobials, purchase and storage, and more.


Beef Cattle Research Council

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) strives for excellence in the production of Canadian beef and forages through research, innovation and extension. Extensive resources on animal health created for producers by BCRC can be found using the link below. 


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

A number of health management and biosecurity resources for livestock farmers have been developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


Compendium of Veterinary Products

An online portal for the Compendium of Veterinary Products developed by Canadian Cattle Association and Merck Animal Health.