The Ohio Department of Agriculture has issued a special meeting notice for the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Technical Research Advisory Committee and Veal Subcommittee to convene Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ohio State University’s Veterinary Medicine Academic Building in the Epperson Conference Room, 1900 Coffey Rd., Columbus OH.

The purpose of the special meeting will be to discuss draft non-ambulatory care standards, draft swine care standards and draft veal care standards.

The board, established in November 2009, is charged with establishing standards governing the care and well-being of livestock and poultry in Ohio.

Earlier this month, the board unanimously voted to create new euthanasia livestock care standards – the first such set of standards created in the state’s history.

“As chairman of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, I am proud of the hard work the board has put forth to craft our state’s first livestock care standards,” says Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who also serves as the board’s chairman. The proposed rule will be posted on the board’s Web site (www.ohiolivestockcarestandardsboard.org) , and comments
can be e-mailed to livestockstandardsboard@agri.ohio.gov.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland brokered an agreement June 30 for significant enhancement to animal well-being that headed off a ballot proposal by the U.S. Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), preserving the board’s integrity and fending off an HSUS petition for a constitutional amendment on animal care and housing.