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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Why Should I Know About Animal Welfare Audits

Author
item Eicher, Susan

Submitted to: Tri State Dairy Nutrition Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: March 31, 2006
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
Citation: Eicher, S.D. 2006. Why should i know about animal welfare audits. Tri State Dairy Nutrition Conference Proceedings. 15:65-70.

Interpretive Summary: Market driven demands for verification that animals used to produce food receive humane care, have resulted in welfare audits becoming a reality for beef and chicken products sold to fast food chains. Dairy is targeted for similar audits and the Dairy Quality Assurance Center was approved by the retail organizations Food Marketing Institute and the National Council of Chain Restaurants in 2002 for that purpose. Several options are available for dairy certification and one audit is available to provide labeling and certification. Bunk space, appropriate diet composition, feeding and feed storage, water cleanliness and availability are covered in the audits. Although the programs cover similar topics, their outcome may be distinctly different based on the design, purpose, certification criteria, and standards on specific topics. Knowing what auditing tools are available and which one fits your production needs will become imperative as audits become necessary for dairy product marketing.

Technical Abstract: Market driven demands for verification that animals used to produce food receive humane care, have resulted in welfare audits becoming a reality for beef and chicken products sold to fast food chains. Dairy is targeted for similar audits and the Dairy Quality Assurance Center was approved by the retail organizations Food Marketing Institute and the National Council of Chain Restaurants in 2002 for that purpose. Several options are available for dairy certification and one audit is available to provide labeling and certification. Bunk space, appropriate diet composition, feeding and feed storage, water cleanliness and availability are covered in the audits. Although the programs cover similar topics, their outcome may be distinctly different based on the design, purpose, certification criteria, and standards on specific topics. Knowing what auditing tools are available and which one fits your production needs will become imperative as audits become necessary for dairy product marketing.

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