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Measuring and auditing broiler welfare.

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This book discusses the scientific basis for the measurement and auditing of the welfare of broilers for meat production. It is divided into three parts, where Part 1 presents the ways in which the birds can serve as indicators of welfare, Part 2 examines some of the more important aspects the chickens' environment and feed that may affect their welfare and Part 3 presents the practical issues con...


Chapter 11 (Page no: 133)

Stocking density.

At present most welfare regulations focus on the control of minimum requirements of space and other environmental factors. It is assumed that welfare (as expressed by behavioural, morphological and physiological indicators) will not be compromised when the maximum stocking density is not exceeded. However, the upper limit of stocking density is likely to be exceeded when good management practice allows a high growth rate and low mortality. It is therefore recommended that the inspection of broiler farms should focus on indicators that compromise the birds' welfare rather than on physical space. This gives the farmer a wider variety of options with which to develop his or her management system so as to improve the animals' welfare.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Lameness. Author(s): Mench, J.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 19) Measuring and auditing the welfare of broiler breeders. Author(s): Hocking, P. M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) Pododermatitis and hock burn in broiler chickens. Author(s): Berg, C.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 51) Evaluating the impact of metabolic disorders on the welfare of broilers. Author(s): Julian, R. J.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 61) Infectious disease: morbidity and mortality. Author(s): Butterworth, A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 71) Abnormal behaviour and fear. Author(s): Sanotra, G. S. Weeks, C. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 81) The significance of biosecurity to broiler welfare. Author(s): Pattison, M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 87) Feed. Author(s): Gordon, S. H. Walker, A. W. Charles, D. R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 101) Light. Author(s): Prescott, N. B. Kristensen, H. H. Wathes, C. M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 117) Air hygiene. Author(s): Wathes, C. M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 145) Transport and handling. Author(s): Mitchell, M. A. Kettlewell, P. J.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 161) Primary processing of poultry. Author(s): Wotton, S. Wilkins, L. J.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 183) Comparing welfare in different systems. Author(s): Haslam, S. M. Kestin, S. C.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 197) Human factors influencing broiler welfare. Author(s): Hemsworth, P. H. Coleman, G. J.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 207) Auditing systems: are we effective? Author(s): Cook, P.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 215) Is UK farm assurance delivering good welfare? Author(s): Main, D. Whay, H. R.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 223) Using welfare outcomes to control intensification: the Swedish model. Author(s): Berg, C. Algers, B.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 231) Developing and implementing a welfare audit in the Australian chicken meat industry. Author(s): Barnett, J. L. Glatz, P. C.
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 241) Does broiler welfare matter, and to whom? Author(s): Morton, D. B.
Chapter: 21 (Page no: 251) Public attitudes and expectations. Author(s): Appleby, M. C.
Chapter: 22 (Page no: 257) A global perspective on broiler welfare standards. Author(s): Lymbery, P.
Chapter: 23 (Page no: 267) Measuring broiler chicken behaviour and welfare: prospects for automation. Author(s): Noldus, L. P. J. J. Jansen, R. G.
Chapter: 24 (Page no: 293) Reduced welfare in broiler chickens may be associated with increased risk of colonization with Campylobacter species. Author(s): Haslam, S. Kestin, S. Corry, J.
Chapter: 25 (Page no: 295) Estimating the number of broilers to sample to determine the prevalence of lameness. Author(s): Kestin, S. C. Knowles, T. G.
Chapter: 26 (Page no: 299) Practical in vivo monitoring of glucose and lactate as indicators of stress. Author(s): Savenije, B. Lambooij, B. Gerritzen, M. Venema, K. Korf, J.
Chapter: 27 (Page no: 300) Objective assessment of broiler walking style using a force plate. Author(s): Savory, C. J. McGovern, R. Sandilands, V.
Chapter: 28 (Page no: 301) Evaluation of fluctuating asymmetry as an indicator of broiler welfare. Author(s): Nuffel, A. van Talloen, W. Sonck, B. Lens, L. Tuyttens, F.
Chapter: 29 (Page no: 303) Effects of growth rate and dietary calcium and phosphorus content on performance, bone mineralization and gait score of broilers. Author(s): Venäläinen, E. Valaja, J. Jalava, T.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Applied Farm Animal Ethology and Small Animal Production, Institute for Animal Breeding and Husbandry, University of Hohenheim, D 70 593, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2004
  • ISBN
  • 9780851998053
  • Record Number
  • 20043140431