Poultry International - February 2018 - 28
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CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE STUNNING
Estimation of the cost of stunning
based on European Union calculations
Factors (12,000 birds per hour)
Maintenance (as a percentage
of installation cost)
Water for Stunning/Cleaning
Average cost per bird
Source: European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers
The average cost per bird for CAS systems is higher than electrical stunning,
but these costs may be offset through expanding available markets. Table adapted
CAS would allow access to certain markets based on customer
requirements for specific animal
If you decide to make the
switch to controlled atmosphere
stunning, whichever system you
choose, always be sure to have a
backup plan such as an electrical
water-bath stunner. ■
Dr. Dianna Bourassa is an
Assistant Professor of Poultry
Science at Auburn University
specializing in poultry processing.
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