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Poultry processing staff
key to cost and loss control
Engaging and rewarding staff can help in lowering waste and costs
at the poultry processing plant.
EDUARDO CERVANTES LÓPEZ

M

inimizing waste and reducing costs at the
poultry processing plant is a continuous
concern for plant managers. A plant may have
good equipment, well-trained staff and even offer performance incentives, but cutting waste and saving money are
all too often goals that prove difficult to achieve.
To address these issues, the processing teams,
quality control and maintenance staff all need to be
aligned with the same goal. One way of achieving this
can be through the use of the management tool known
as mental maps. 
These maps illustrate the conditions that must be
achieved for the smooth processing of birds on a daily
basis and should be displayed in a prominent position
in each of the sections of the plant.
The management team will not see each and
every bird that is processed or be able to control the
many details that can lead to meat losses, resulting in
increased operational costs. Due to this, one of their
main responsibilities must be to explain the relevance
of mental maps to the entire workforce.
It is the workers who see the chickens each and
every day, putting them in the best position to monitor
quality, to identify if quality falls and to take action if
problems arise.
A simple example can be used to illustrate this. If
a decline in the quality in the pluck of wings and tails
become evident, the reason for this must be immediately identified. There could be various causes, for
example, birds not being submerged in the scalding
tank, the settings of the stunner being wrongly

A truckload rather than simply an abstract
number may be a more effective way of
communicating the scale of waste with
employees, therefore encouraging staff
engagement and action. Eduardo Cervantes López
changed, or an alteration in the water temperature
during plucking. Once identified, workers in the area
where the problem has originated can be alerted so that
necessary adjustments are made.
In many plants, this approach is not followed and
workers continue with their duties oblivious to issues
farther down the line.
To fix this, there should be regularly updated
staff training; in many processing plants this already
occurs, yet waste and losses continue.
Neuroeconomy, which explains human decision
making, may offer some solutions to this problem as it
can provide the mental infrastructure to help achieve
company goals.
The brain has two systems for making decisions. The
reward system recognizes the benefits of completing
tasks via required actions, while the loss aversion system
leads to negative decisions based on environmental
evaluation and identifying negatives.
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Contents
Editor’s Comment
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ASF drives global poultry market in 2020
US could find $1 billion market in China
PEAL succeeds as Rwanda’s first integrated poultry farm
Rwanda plans significant increase in chicken, egg output
Indian poultry to gain from food sector modernization
European Reference Center for poultry in operation
Mediterranean poultry: Solutions for everyone in Córdoba
Egg associations key for sector’s sustainable growth
Gen Z moms will dig deeper for information on chicken
Feed additives that will succeed in 2020 and beyond
Poultry processing staff key to cost and loss control
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Contents
Poultry International - January 2020 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - January 2020 - ASF drives global poultry market in 2020
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Poultry International - January 2020 - US could find $1 billion market in China
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Poultry International - January 2020 - PEAL succeeds as Rwanda’s first integrated poultry farm
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Rwanda plans significant increase in chicken, egg output
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Indian poultry to gain from food sector modernization
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Poultry International - January 2020 - European Reference Center for poultry in operation
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Mediterranean poultry: Solutions for everyone in Córdoba
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Egg associations key for sector’s sustainable growth
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Gen Z moms will dig deeper for information on chicken
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Feed additives that will succeed in 2020 and beyond
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Poultry International - January 2020 - Poultry processing staff key to cost and loss control
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