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mark the results of one operation versus the rest of
Auditor training is crucial
With outcome-based welfare measures, the
auditors/assessors need to be well trained. The
outcome-based standards need to be validated
and practical to measure. With meat birds, Mench
pointed out that many of the bird measurements can
actually be taken at the slaughter plant. Things like Feather coverage of hens is an indicator of bird behavior and/or
foot pad scores, breast blisters and bruising, and
nutrition, and can be used as an outcome-based measure of welfare.
broken bones can all be evaluated on the shackle
| Richard Blatchford
lines. In fact, some companies already participate
in grade improvement programs where many of the meabe time consuming to make, the birds may have to be handled
surements are taken from each flock and benchmarked
to be evaluated, and the evaluators have to be well-trained.
against other participating operations.
Mench said auditing or evaluating for some outcomeThe negatives of outcome-based measures are that they can
based welfare schemes can take several hours per house
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