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Animal welfare enhanced by new code for laying hens and pullets

Animal welfare enhanced by new code for laying hens and pullets

The welfare code for laying hens has today been updated as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals. Strengthened statutory guidance is now in place for keepers and owners of laying hens and pullets on how to meet the needs of their birds and enhance their welfare. This […]

Farmers ploughing funds into animal welfare in 2018

Farmers ploughing funds into animal welfare in 2018

New research reveals that UK farmers are planning to invest more in animal welfare than any other aspect of their farm business in 2018. This comes as McDonald’s UK unveils a half million-pound capital grant scheme to help dairy farmers deliver animal welfare initiatives. The latest Farm Forward Barometer – part of an ongoing programme […]

Government announces proposals for CCTV to be mandatory in all abattoirs

Government announces proposals for CCTV to be mandatory in all abattoirs

The RSPCA is pleased by today’s announcement by Environment Secretary Michael Gove citing proposals to make CCTV mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. The announcement comes following years of campaigning by the RSPCA, the country’s biggest and oldest animal welfare organisation. Dr Marc Cooper, head of farm animals at the RSPCA, said: “The call for […]

Minister confirms Government looking at innovative options to improve farm animal welfare post Brexit

Minister confirms Government looking at innovative options to improve farm animal welfare post Brexit

A commons debate about farm animal welfare post-Brexit saw the Government confirm leaving the EU offers an opportunity to improve welfare standards in areas such as slaughter, farm support systems and labelling During the debate held on Tuesday (24 Jan), the Government made explicit and detailed comments about how they saw post-Brexit farming evolve. The […]

Noble Foods and Cranswick Show global leadership on farm animal welfare

Noble Foods and Cranswick Show global leadership on farm animal welfare

British companies, Noble Foods and Cranswick lead the producer sector, not just in the UK but globally when it comes to managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices, according to the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report published today (23 January 2017). Noble Foods retained its position in the […]

Prepare for the imminent ‘Broiler Revolution’

Prepare for the imminent ‘Broiler Revolution’

Recent announcements from Compass Group USA and Aramark (also in the States) pledging to use 100% healthier, slower growing chickens, at reduced stocking densities and with environmental enrichment by 2024, are hugely welcome. Following the rush of cage-free egg commitments we saw over the summer, could this be the start of the next wave of […]

Mobile abattoir and digital traceability to France

Mobile abattoir and digital traceability to France

Swedish company Hälsingestintan is set to help improve animal welfare and meat quality in France. Franck Ribière, the producer and screenwriter behind the documentary Steak (R)evolution, is taking the Hälsingestintan concept to France. In 2015, Hälsingestintan launched Europe’s first mobile abattoir for beef cattle. The company’s ethical concept for meat production eliminates all slaughter transportation, […]

Vet wins award for preventing lameness in sheep

Vet wins award for preventing lameness in sheep

Oxford vet Ruth Clements has won a national award for her work preventing lameness in sheep. Ruth is Head of Veterinary Services at FAI Farms, an organisation which helps the food sector implement better farming practices. Since 2001, FAI have farmed and operated 1,650 acres of Oxford University farmland – collaborating with a number of […]

Last chance to nominate your farm animal welfare heroes

Last chance to nominate your farm animal welfare heroes

The end of the nomination stage for this year’s Ceva Animal Welfare Awards is fast approaching. Time is running out to nominate farming professionals, vets, volunteers and charity workers deserving of recognition for their worthy contributions to animal welfare. Now in its third year, the Farm Animal Welfare Award – in association with RABI and […]

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