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What is FACTA?

FACTA (Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing) is a nationally recognized leader in designing Animal Welfare (AW) training, verification, and certification tools along with Third-Party Verification Programs for the cattle industry. FACTA’s goal is to increase producers, back grounders, feeders and auction markets opportunities through value added services.


Age/Source Verification (ASV) Requirements

 Group or individual birth dates are acceptable.

 A written birth record documenting the first-born date must be provided and kept on file

for three years.

 Only calves born on your ranch or purchased form approved suppliers properly identified

and accompanied by a tag manifest (if applicable) are eligible.

 Calves not born on your ranch must be identified and recorded prior to commingling.

 Calves must be tagged with a Program Complaint Tag (PCT) prior to leaving the ranch of

origin to guarantee eligibility for all programs (NHTC). If the calves are shipped prior to

program tags being applied, then the calves must move directly to a PVP approved

backgrounder or feedyard and must be identified by a ranch tag, brand or tattoo.

 Calves must be processed into backgrounder and feedyard locations properly identified

and accompanied by a manifest of PCTs.

 Auction Markets are responsible to ensure they receive the proper certificates to verify

conformance of the cattle group and the program certifications represented.


Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC)/HQB

 Absolutely no hormonal growth promotants (HGP) may be used.

 Calves must be tagged with a Program Complaint Tag (PCT) prior to leaving the ranch of

origin to guarantee eligibility

 Absolutely no Beta Agonists may be used.

 If HGP's and/or Beta Agonists are present, inventory records must be kept showing

purchases, uses and physical inventory. If inventory records are not kept, the

calves/cattle will automatically be disqualified.

 Feed records (including supplements), cattle movement records (receiving records) and

processing records are required to be maintained.


HQB Additional Requirements: (HQB is not a requirement for NHTC certification)

 Cattle must be certified NHTC

 Records to verify Quota A or B and/or A and B must be maintained.

 Rations must be verified by the client via staff nutritionist and/or letters of guarantee.

 Daily weight gain information must be provided and verified for Quota B.


FACTA Natural Program

 Absolutely no hormonal growth promotants (HGP) may be used.

 Absolutely no Beta Agonists may be used.

 Absolutely no antibiotics may be administered in the feed, water or injection. Treated

animals must be removed from the program.

 If HGP's and/or Beta Agonists or antibiotics are present, inventory records must be

kept showing purchases, uses and physical inventory. If inventory records are not

kept, the calves/cattle will automatically be disqualified.

 Feed records (including supplements), cattle movement records (receiving records) and

processing records are required to be maintained.

 PCT Tags are required at the time of shipping. Program cattle must be moved to and

through PVP Natural Verified locations.


FACTA Grass Fed Program

 This program is for forages that are to be grazed or harvested for feeding with the

exceptions to grains.

 No prohibited feeds maybe used (see list in the FACTA Grass Fed Program) except for:

Routine mineral and vitamin supplementation may be included in the feeding regimen.

(The first ingredient cannot be a processed grain product, a grain or molasses.)

 Incidental supplementation due to adverse conditions such as weather and/or lack of

forage must be documented and cannot exceed 5% of the animal’s life at that location.

(Meals and molasses may be fed during this period. Corn is not allowed.)

 Feed records (including supplements), cattle movement records (receiving records) and

processing records are required to be maintained.

 PCT Tags are required at the time of shipping. Program cattle must be moved to and

through PVP Grass Fed Verified locations.


Processed Verified Points for FACTA Vaccine Verification


The FACTA Vaccine Verification Program (FVV) is a 3 level program.

FVV:

A) Cattle are given 1 round of approved vaccines.

B) Cattle are Age and Source Verified.

FVV 30: A) Cattle are given 2 rounds of approved vaccines.

B) Cattle are weaned a minimum of 30 days.

C) Cattle are Age and Source Verified.

FVV 45: A) Cattle are given 2 rounds of approved vaccines.

B) Cattle are weaned a minimum of 45 days.

C) Cattle are Age and Source Verified


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