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Managing Welfare Audit Systems

by 5m Editor
11 September 2004, at 12:00am

By Banff Pork - This report contains 3 articles presented at the Banff Pork Seminar 2004 This report focuses on proceedings concerning the history of animal welfare pressures.


Contents

Demonstrating the U.S. Pork Producer Commitment to Animal Welfare

Farm Animal Welfare Audit Systems

Managing Welfare: On-Farm Animal Care Assessment for Pigs

Demonstrating the U.S. Pork Producer Commitment to Animal Welfare

By Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board.

Introduction
Pork producers are fully supportive of adding to the scientific knowledge about swine welfare. The National Pork Board (NPB) adopted a position statement on animal welfare guidelines for pork producers: “Animal welfare guidelines developed without a sound scientific basis puts the welfare of the animal and the sustainability of the producer’s operation at risk.

Therefore, the National Pork Board continues to support sound science as the only basis for animal welfare guideline decision-making.” January, 2002 The Checkoff Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) implements this position through using producer Checkoff funds to review the science of animal welfare, to relate that science to production practices and to inform producers about the latest, scientifically sound swine husbandry practices that can be implemented on the farm.

The committee has representation from producers with different types and size of operations with expert advice from business and academic experts.

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Farm Animal Welfare Audit Systems – Based on Science and Sound Audit Practices

By John J. McGlone, Pork Industry Institute

Introduction
For the pork producer, today’s world is very different than even 10 years ago. Today, the processor and retailer have requirements that go further than ever before.

The requirements are expected to increase over time until the entire product chain, including the farm of origin, is understood by and accountable to the final consumer.

This paper will summarize the history of animal welfare pressures that bring us to the need for audits and it will describe the elements in a successful animal welfare audit. While other society issues are also of importance to advancing pork production (McGlone, 2001), this paper will focus on issues related to pig welfare.

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Managing Welfare: On-Farm Animal Care Assessment for Pigs

By Penny Lawlis, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture,

Introduction
Consumers are becoming increasingly more concerned about animal welfare and want assurances that animals raised for food are handled in appropriate ways (Wemelsfelder & Lawrence, 2001). Retailers expect producers to adhere to the Codes of Practice and laws governing the humane treatment of farm animals.

In 2002, the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) formed an animal care working group to consider this issue and to develop an appropriate on-farm welfare assessment for the Canadian swine industry.

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Source: Paper presented during the 2004 Banff Pork Seminar Procedings


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