On Farm Broiler Welfare Assessment: On Farm Broiler Welfare Assessment Keynote Presentation Poultry and Swine Production Sociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia 50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science Campinas, Brazil July 23-26 2013

Andrew Butterworth

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Around the world, people who care for animals as stock keepers,
stockmen, farmers, producers are placed in a position where they can greatly
influence the quality of life of the animals they manage. This is particularly true in broiler chickens, where large numbers of animals can be cared for by comparatively small numbers of people. There is an international progression to start to assess poultry welfare on farm by looking at the animals themselves using (Animal Based Measures ABMs) rather than by looking exclusively at the resources provided (space, light heat, litter material – Resource Based Measures RBM’s). In general, the areas being assessed are: Are the animals properly fed and supplied with water? Are the animals properly housed? Are the animals healthy? Can the animals express a range of behaviours and emotional states? Different types of organisations are starting to use ABM’s - Government inspection bodies – for example state veterinary staff, Research institutes – wishing to use standardized assessment methods for research, Animal Welfare NGO’s, Farm assurance companies and Legislators. The WelfareQualityNetwork (WQN) http://www.welfarequality.net/everyone has described ABM’s which address twelve health and welfare criteria and has tested them on a large number of farms across Europe. Some examples from this assessment scheme are described.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2013
EventSociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia 50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science Campinas, Brazil July 23-26 2013 ISSSN 1983-4357 - Campinas, Brazil, Brazil
Duration: 22 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

Conference

ConferenceSociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia 50th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science Campinas, Brazil July 23-26 2013 ISSSN 1983-4357
CountryBrazil
CityCampinas, Brazil
Period22/07/1326/07/13

Keywords

  • Key words: poultry assessment, farm assessment, Welfare Quality protocol, animal based measures, outcome based measures, resource based measures, welfare score, aggregation, management support, principles, criteria

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