A proactive blueprint to demonstrate on-farm animal welfare
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Farm animal welfare has become an increasing area of consumer and customer interest globally and this has resulted in dramatic changes related to on-farm accountability. Some markets are demanding an-on farm, transparent and accountable animal welfare program. Knowing what key elements are required is critical. Key elements range from (a) caretaker qualities; (b) record keeping and standard operating procedures (SOP) (c) animal- and resource based measures (d) communication and (e) caretaker empowerment. The ultimate on-farm welfare program goal is to provide the highest animal care. This review paper will provide context to these key elements that in turn can be used to create or improve an-farm animal welfare program.
This is a manuscript of an article published as Johnson, A. K., J. D. Colpoys, A. Garcia, C. Jass, S. T. Millman, M. D. Pairis-Garcia, C. J. Rademacher, S. L. Weimer, and S. Azarpajouh. 2019. "A proactive blueprint to demonstrate on-farm animal welfare." CAB Reviews 14, no. 037, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1079/PAVSNNR201914037. CAB International, Wallingford, UK. Posted with permission.