On 30 June 2010 new EU rules came into force across the EU (Council Directive 2007/43/EC) (EU 2007) protecting the welfare of broiler chickens. In the UK a meat chicken welfare ‘trigger system’ was introduced to fulfil the requirements of the EU Meat Chicken Directive (2007/43/EC), and has been operating in slaughterhouses since July 1st 2010. Post-mortem inspections carried out at the slaughterhouse are used to identify possible welfare problems on-farm, and a system runs in parallel with an exception reporting system that allows for immediate reporting and response when serious welfare infringements are observed. In line with the requirements of the Directive, a number of animal based outcome parameters are used to identify possible on-farm welfare problems (Butterworth 2013a,b, 2011, 2010, 2007; Butterworth & Weeks 2010; Botreau et al 2007). Cumulative daily mortality rate and seven post-mortem conditions are monitored. The post-mortem conditions are: 1) Ascites/Oedema, 2) Cellulitis & Dermatitis, 3) Dead on arrival, 4) Emaciation, 5) Joint Lesions/Arthritis, 6) Septicaemia/Respiratory and 7) Total rejections 8) Cumulative Daily House Mortality (CDM), and 9) Foot Pad Score (FPD).
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Apr 2015|
|Event||3rd International Poultry Meat Congress - Antalya, Turkey|
Duration: 22 Apr 2015 → 26 Apr 2015
|Conference||3rd International Poultry Meat Congress|
|Period||22/04/15 → 26/04/15|