Ag Guide Available for Public Review
The draft of the Fourth Edition Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching (Ag Guide) has been released by the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), and the Poultry Science Association (PSA), and is presented for public comment. The public comment period will last for 60 days, ending May 1, 2020. The societies will make changes to the document following the public comment period and publish the final version.
Comments must be submitted online via submission site, comments must include a name, email, and affiliation, comments should be constructive, and comments and responses may be posted publicly.
The contents of the Ag Guide must be sufficiently broad because it covers agricultural animal species with different phenotypes within species and that are housed in assorted management systems across varying climates. It must also be clear enough to give unambiguous guidance to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees responsible for the care and use of animals in their respective institutes.
The latest edition of the Ag Guide builds upon previous editions published in 1988, 1999, and 2010. The Ag Guide contains chapters covering topics associated with all animal species, such as policies; health care, husbandry, housing, and biosecurity; environmental enrichment; and animal handling and transport. The Ag Guide also includes species-specific chapters relating to beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, swine, domestic sheep and goats, meat-type poultry, egg-type poultry, and waterfowl. Members of the respective societies were chosen to participate in the creation of the species-specific chapter, as well as two members also collaborating on the general subject chapters. Each organization appointed a senior editor to revise the species-specific and general chapters, and also selected a chairperson to work with the senior editors. The committee members consisted of scientists, veterinarians, and engineers with expertise in the species or subjects covered.
New scientific literature since the Third Edition of the Ag Guide was examined by the committee and used to create the Fourth Edition. The senior editors reviewed the chapters before the final drafts were approved. The board of directors of each association also reviewed the general and species-specific chapters before approval.
Review the Fourth Edition of the Ag Guide and comment here.