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National Animal Welfare Standards and Manuals for the Chicken Meat Industry

These ‘National Animal Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industry’ (1.8GB)(the Standards) have been developed to help fulfil both the Chicken Meat Industry’s and the community’s expectations of the high levels of quality assurance associated with chicken meat production.

These Standards are based upon the previously developed “Welfare Audit for the Chicken Meat Industry” originally published in 2001 and they provide support for existing regulatory frameworks and other quality assurance requirements for commercial customers in the chicken meat industry. These Standards contain provisions based on the Model Codes of Practice for poultry production, transport and processing, the Australian Standards and Guidelines for the Welfare of Animals, international and national guidelines, current practice and the scientific literature.

It is intended that these Standards provide information for all people responsible for the care and management of poultry reared, transported and processed for chicken meat. In addition, specific industry manuals have been prepared in support of this document, which contain the standards and example recording sheets for the purposes of assisting implementation, audit and verification.

Australian meat chicken companies currently address issues associated with food safety, meat quality and biosecurity and in some instances animal welfare, using quality assurance systems. The addition of comprehensive animal welfare provisions to these quality assurance systems enables industry as a whole, to meet increasing regulatory and commercial requirements and community  expectations.

Thus, these animal welfare Standards are intended for incorporation into existing company or industry quality assurance programs.

The development of these Standards was based on the aforementioned welfare audit documentation that involved a collaborative approach with a range of stakeholders. A steering committee was established to review and revise the welfare audit documentation into these outcome-based Standards for ease of integration with existing company and industry quality assurance systems.

These Standards will be reviewed over time to ensure they remain up to date and present a comprehensive and recommended practice reference for the chicken meat industry.


Set of Manuals covering the different aspects of meat chicken production

  Animal Welfare Manual for Meat Chicken Farming (for growers) (1.3MB)

This manual, the ‘Manual for Meat Chicken Farming’ provides the key practical animal welfare guidelines required to be followed for meat chicken farming in Australia. The comprehensive ‘National Animal Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industry’ also contains the information in this manual, together with the full policy objectives and standards for the whole of industry.

This manual for growers provides the key Standards, associated guidelines for the practices under each Standard and example recording sheets by which to implement the Standards.

  Animal Welfare Manual for Breeder Production (1.3MB)

This manual, the ‘Manual for Breeder Production’ provides the key practical animal welfare guidelines required to be followed for meat chicken farming in Australia. The comprehensive ‘National Animal Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industry’ also contains the information in this manual, together with the full policy objectives and standards for the whole of industry.

This manual provides the key Standards, associated guidelines for the practices under each Standard and example recording sheets by which to implement the Standards.

  Animal Welfare Manual for the Hatchery and Chick Transport (1.3MB)

This manual, the ‘Manual for the Hatchery and Chick Transport’ provides the key practical animal welfare guidelines required to be followed for meat chicken farming in Australia. The comprehensive ‘National Animal Welfare Standards for the Chicken Meat Industry’ also contains the information in this manual, together with the full policy objectives and standards for the whole of industry.

This manual provides the key Standards, associated guidelines for the practices under each Standard and example recording sheets by which to implement the Standards.

Animal Welfare Manual for Pick-Up Operation (1MB)

The ‘Manual for Pick-Up’ provides the key animal welfare guidelines for the chicken meat industry.

This manual was developed to:
– Provide a tool to incorporate the national animal welfare standards for the meat chicken industry into company and enterprise QA programs.
– Provide a mechanism whereby industry participants can demonstrate their compliance with animal welfare Codes of Practice, other relevant legislation and meet the owner of the birds’ requirements.
– The focus of this manual is meat chickens. For spent breeders consult the owner of the birds for additional information.

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