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to accomplish. The AssureWel scheme only uses seven
measurements for laying hens: feather loss, bird dirtiness,
beak trimming, antagonistic behaviors, flightiness, birds
needing further care and mortality. She said this evaluation can be completed in around 15 minutes per house and
doesn't require the assessor to handle any of the birds.
The AssureWel scheme for broiler welfare is a little
more complicated than for layers and consists of four
parts: the whole flock assessment, defined walk, individual measures and on-farm record.
AssureWel is a collaborative project of the RSPCA, the
University of Bristol and the Soil Association.

Future poultry welfare standards
Mench said any outcome-based measures selected for
use in a welfare scheme need to have an importance to welfare, can be easily and accurately measured, and be things

that producers can actually do something about through
changes in management. She said some resource-based
measurements might still be included in future welfare
standards.
Mench suggested that, for layers, perch space per hen
based on the size of the hens might be one resource-based
welfare standard that is included along with outcomebased standards in the future. She expects that some
behavioral measures will also be included. Mench said
the retailers she has had contact with are interested in
outcome-based measures.
The opportunity for continuous improvement is one
of the key benefits of outcome-based welfare measures.
Mench said producers will need to set either regional
or national benchmarks compete against. She also said
outcome-based welfare measures will fail if critical limits
are not established. ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - February 2018

Poultry International - February 2018
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
China’ s poultry industry production, sales weak in 2018
VICTAM Asia to showcase latest in feed, food industries
New German hatchery focuses on complete transparency
Refrigerated eggs versus shelves: Is one method safer?
Top 10 broiler producers in Latin America
Improve poultry welfare with outcome-based standards
How to increase broiler feed intake
Costs, benefi ts of controlled atmosphere stunning
How broiler physiology impacts poultry yields
Products
Marketplace
Ad Index
Poultry International - February 2018 - BB1
Poultry International - February 2018 - BB2
Poultry International - February 2018 - Poultry International - February 2018
Poultry International - February 2018 - Cover2
Poultry International - February 2018 - Contents
Poultry International - February 2018 - Editor’s Comment
Poultry International - February 2018 - 3
Poultry International - February 2018 - News
Poultry International - February 2018 - 5
Poultry International - February 2018 - China’ s poultry industry production, sales weak in 2018
Poultry International - February 2018 - 7
Poultry International - February 2018 - 8
Poultry International - February 2018 - 9
Poultry International - February 2018 - VICTAM Asia to showcase latest in feed, food industries
Poultry International - February 2018 - 11
Poultry International - February 2018 - New German hatchery focuses on complete transparency
Poultry International - February 2018 - 13
Poultry International - February 2018 - Refrigerated eggs versus shelves: Is one method safer?
Poultry International - February 2018 - 15
Poultry International - February 2018 - Top 10 broiler producers in Latin America
Poultry International - February 2018 - 17
Poultry International - February 2018 - Improve poultry welfare with outcome-based standards
Poultry International - February 2018 - 19
Poultry International - February 2018 - 20
Poultry International - February 2018 - 21
Poultry International - February 2018 - How to increase broiler feed intake
Poultry International - February 2018 - 23
Poultry International - February 2018 - Costs, benefi ts of controlled atmosphere stunning
Poultry International - February 2018 - 25
Poultry International - February 2018 - 26
Poultry International - February 2018 - 27
Poultry International - February 2018 - 28
Poultry International - February 2018 - 29
Poultry International - February 2018 - How broiler physiology impacts poultry yields
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Poultry International - February 2018 - 33
Poultry International - February 2018 - Products
Poultry International - February 2018 - Marketplace
Poultry International - February 2018 - Ad Index
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