Animals and Crops

B.C. farmers grow a wide variety of crops and animals. Some growers and producers are also focusing on high-quality, value-added products, such as wine, baked goods, soups and sauces. Resources are available for growers, including financial programs, diagnostic services and information on production and pest management practices.


From the predominant dairy, poultry and beef industries to the less visible horse, sheep and goat sectors, managing livestock and fowl is an important part of agriculture in our province. Just as every animal is unique, each industry has its own business requirements, practices and standards.

Monitoring animal health and diagnosing animal diseases are an important part of a strong agrifood industry in B.C.  The Animal Health Centre is a diagnostic veterinary laboratory supporting the healthy production of livestock and poultry in the province.


B.C. farmers grow a wide variety of crops, which include fruits, vegetables, grains, ornamentals, and feed for livestock. Some growers and producers are also focusing on high-quality, value-added products, such as wine and botanical personal care products.

Plant pests, including insects, diseases and weeds, threaten agricultural crops and the environment. The Plant Health Program provides diagnostic services and information on how to safely prevent and manage crop pests.

Salmonella Enteriditis

Local and national public health and agriculture partners are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, with cases of human illness related to contact with live baby poultry originating from a hatchery in Alberta.

Regulations, Licenses and Forms

The Animal Health Act and the seven supporting regulations are now in force.

Licenses are required for some agricultural operations (e.g. dairy, fur and game farming, bees, livestock, poultry and veterinary drugs).

Organic Farming