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In response to concerns about animal welfare, food assurance schemes are now incorporating standards for animal welfare. This is particularly important in the poultry industry, where much attention has focused on the welfare of broilers (meat birds). However, there is as a result a greater need for scientifically-based methods for the measurement and auditing of welfare.
This book brings together papers by international experts from the academic, professional and industrial sectors. It examines practical ways of measuring and auditing broiler welfare on-farm, during transit and pre-slaughter. Related marketing issues and future developments such as automation, are also discussed.
Table of Contents
PART 1: OUTCOMES (ANIMAL BASED)
• Measuring and auditing the welfare of broiler breeders
• Pododermatitis and hockburn in broiler chickens
• Evaluating the impact of metabolic disorders on the welfare of broilers
• Infectious disease – morbidity and mortality
• Abnormal behaviour and fear
PART 2: INPUTS (RESOURCE BASED)
• The significance of biosecurity to broiler welfare
• Air hygiene
• Stocking density
• Transport and handling
• Primary Processing of Poultry
PART 3: WELFARE AND AUDITING ISSUES
Section 1: Production Systems
Section 2: Examples of auditing schemes and their effectiveness in assuring welfare
Section 3: Ethical, political and future perspectives