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ENGAGEMENTS, NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
placing hay bales in the houses and
attaching ropes above the feed lines.
Both are designed to encourage birds
to move, perch and peck.
Shepard said working with GAP
is teaching him to have an open
mind about engagements. While the
hay bales are messy, the birds like
to perch on the bales and they enjoy
them. The next step will be adding
perching structures to the broiler
houses. Due to issues with the hay
bales and the ropes, Wayne will
likely move to enrichment huts as it
continues to learn and experiment
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The most effective way to boost
animal welfare may be improving the way birds are caught,
handled, transported and prepared for slaughter, according to
the welfare panelists.
At Wayne Farms, Shepard said,
particular attention is paid to how
birds are caught and transported.
The birds can be easily injured
during this time, so there is constant vigilance for animal welfare
and zero tolerance for employees
mistreating animals or creating a
poor welfare environment. Transport modules cannot fall off of the
trucks. Modules cannot be handled
in a way harmful to the birds.
The company trains employees
constantly, and monitors its catching and transportation closely, to
promote the best welfare.
Dougherty said the more people involved in the process, the
more likely potential bird injuries.
Getting the birds in the coop for
transportation requires perpetual
employee training for the best
welfare. Gas stunning - also
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