Highest Standards of Animal
Care & Health
Animal welfare is a priority from day one. All cattle are individually identified upon entry to our feedlots and their history is recorded and tracked from arrival to slaughter using a fully computerized individual animal health management software program feedIT from ITS Global.
We expect strict adherence by all staff to federal and provincial regulations regarding animal health and food safety, as well as to our veterinarian’s standardized and documented health operating procedures and protocols to ensure the health and welfare of all animals under our care. Adhere to veterinary written and monitored procedures for immunizing and treating cattle.
Our feeding program is developed and monitored by our management team and Cargill Animal Nutrition, who provide leading-edge nutritional consulting services and training to feedlots in the United States & Canada.
Outcome measures such as morbidity, mortality, railers, and live animal and carcass performance are tracked and reviewed regularly.
This is coupled with in-house leading-edge research to continually identify areas for improvement based on objective data and sound science.
Herd health and export programs include staff training and standardized operating procedures developed and monitored by our consulting veterinarian, Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed, DVM,
She has been a consultant to the National and Alberta Cattle Feeders Association and Canadian Cattlemen’s Association/Canada Beef for many years, helping the industry develop
Our production protocols conform to those of many value chains and exceed the requirements of the national beef on-farm food safety program Verified Beef Production, which Dr. Van Donkersgoed originally developed for The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.
Everyone at VRP Farms is commited to excellence in our business, industry & community.