Measuring and Auditing Broiler Welfare

Hardback
August 2004
9780851998053
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  • Publisher
    CABI
  • Published
    9th August 2004
  • ISBN 9780851998053
  • Language English
  • Pages 336 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
$192.50

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.

Foreword
Introduction

PART 1: OUTCOMES (ANIMAL BASED)
* Lameness
* 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
* Feed
* Light
* 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

Claire Weeks

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Andrew Butterworth

Andrew Butterworth is Reader in Animal Science and Policy in the Clinical Veterinary School, University of Bristol, UK. Andy teaches and carries out research in the areas of animal disease and production, animal welfare and legislation, behavioral biology, and animal welfare assessment in both farm and wild animals. He is a member of the European Food Standards Agency Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare, and chairs the EEER (Ethics, Economics, Education and Regulation) of the Farm Animal Welfare committee in the UK. He is editor in Chief of Elsevier's journal Veterinary and Animal Science, he lectures widely and publishes in books, and the academic and trade press, with over 200 publications to date.