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FSBI Animal Handling and Well-being Guidelines. What is animal well-being. An industry issue A consumer issue A retailer issue An animal issue. Animal welfare and Animal rights. General Public (Consumers, producers& Legislators). Extremists in Animal Ag. PETA. Challenge.

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FSBIAnimal Handling and Well-being Guidelines

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What is animal well-being

  • An industry issue

  • A consumer issue

  • A retailer issue

  • An animal issue

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Animal welfare and Animal rights






Extremists in

Animal Ag


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  • Public’s perception and understanding

    • Where do they get their information?

    • Knowledge about agriculture?

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Perception of animal agriculture

  • Perception

    is reality

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New Perception of Agriculture

  • Popular literature, media creating new perception of animal agriculture

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Exploit animals

Corporate control

Driven by profit

Food scarcity

Contributes to illness

Environmentally negative

Growing Perception

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Development of guidelines, audits and certification

  • UEP – United Egg producers

  • McDonald’s

    • Slaughter plant

    • On farm, (UEP)

  • Burger King, Wendy’s, ……….

  • Grocery chains – on radar screen

  • Pizza Hut, Applebee’s

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What to do?

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  • Guidelines, Certification, Audits

  • The way of the future

  • Consumers, Retailers are going to expect it

  • Early adopters should benefit financially

  • The future is now!!!

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What’s In It For Me?

  • Restore trust

  • Set yourself apart

  • Marketing tool for retailers

  • Marketing tool for producers

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FSBI Animal Handling and Well-being “Guidelines”

Top Notch Farms

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Adopted NCBAStatement of Principles

1.I believe in the humane treatment of farm animals and in continued stewardship of all natural resources.

2. I believe my cattle will be healthier and more productive when good husbandry practices are used.

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Adopted NCBAStatement of Principles

3. I believe that my and future generations will benefit from my ability to sustain and conserve natural resources.

4.  I will support research efforts directed toward production systems that are more efficient and promote animal well-being.

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Adopted NCBAStatement of Principles

5.  I believe it is my responsibility to produce a safe and wholesome product.

6.  I believe humans have the right to use agricultural animals and that humans have a responsibility to care for animals in their charge.

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Guideline Headings in FSBI Resource Manual

  • Facilities and environment

  • Handling facilities

  • Food and water

  • Management

  • Handling

  • Health, behavior and physical alterations

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  • Facilities should not cause injury or distress

  • Opportunity for behavioral temperature regulation

    • roofed shelter, sunshade, windbreaks, mounds

  • Means of cooling during extreme heat

    • Proper ventilation

    • Emergencyplan

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  • Good drainage and maintenance of pens

  • Dust control

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  • Sufficient space to groom themselves without difficulty, room to lie down, stretch limbs and rise

  • Close confinement for the shortest time necessary

  • Special holding areas during the calving season should be considered

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  • Floors should be maintained to reduce risk of slipping

  • Smooth floors should be grooved or treated with non-slip coating

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Handling Facilities

  • Minimize noise

  • Solid sides in races, chutes, crowding pens and loading ramps

  • No more than 20% incline on loading ramps

  • See Manual for specific recommendations

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Food & Water

  • Cattle should be fed a diet that meets NRC Nutrient Requirements

  • Minimize contamination by urine, feces and other materials

  • Monitor feed bunks daily and remove stale feed and contaminants

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  • Producers should have records of concentrates and supplements fed

  • No feedstuffs containing prohibited ruminant derived protein sources are permitted

  • If limit feeding is practiced, ensure adequate bunk space and uniform feed distribution

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  • Abrupt changes in diets should be avoided

  • Feeding programs should allow animals to maintain or gain weight

  • Cattle should be provided ad lib access to clean drinking water

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  • Develop training for stockperson, in the humane care and treatment of animals

  • Emergency action plan

  • Ensure health plan is implemented and data is recorded

  • Maintain records of quarantine and medication use

  • Comply with local, state and federal regulations.

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  • Use of electric prods are highly discouraged

  • Never apply prods to head, nose, eyes, ears, genitals, udders, or anus

  • Holding pens should be designed to hold the maximum number of cattle to be worked at one time.

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  • Working chute should be narrow enough, or be sloped at the base, to reduce the animal’s ability to turn around.

  • Headgate and/or squeeze chute should be designed to securely restrain the animal.

  • Avoid sharp edges and protruding objects that may cause bruising.

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  • Handling and restraining devices should be used humanely

  • Minimize sudden movement or actions

  • Minimize shadows which may cause the animal to balk

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  • Understand flight zone

  • Concept of applying pressure and release

  • Understand point of balance

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  • Perform during first 4 months of life

  • Use of paste, scoop method of dehorning are discouraged

  • Use of a hot iron is recommended

  • Dehorning of older cattle should be performed by a veterinarian or trained personnel using accepted surgical techniques

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  • Castrate at the earliest possible age


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Average first/second calving interval by sex of first weaned calf*


*All differences significant (P<.001)

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Average second/third calving interval by sex of second weaned calf*


*All differences significant (P<.001)

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Downer animals

  • No live animal should leave the farm without walking unassisted

  • Avoid hoisting by chains, dragging, lifting without complete body support

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  • Provisions for humane euthanasia

  • If any doubt exists, call the veterinarian

  • If an animal is in severe uncontrollable pain, the animal should be promptly and humanely euthanized

  • Disposal of the deceased animal must meet local and/or state requirements and regulations

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