Type

Journal Article

Authors

Laura Boyle
Simon John More
Alison Hanlon
Sarah Harley
Niamh O'Connell
Niamh O' Connell

Subjects

Veterinary

Topics
public welfare animal welfare surveillance meat inspection economic welfare pig welfare animal health animal welfare this review data recording pigs surveillance abbattoir meat inspection pig health public health

Good animal welfare makes economic sense: potential of pig abattoir meat inspection as a welfare surveillance tool (2012)

Abstract During abattoir meat inspection pig carcasses are partially or fully condemned upon detection of disease that poses a risk to public health or welfare conditions that cause animal suffering e.g. fractures. This incurs direct financial losses to producers and processors. Other health and welfare-related conditions may not result in condemnation but can necessitate ‘trimming’ of the carcass e.g. bruising, and result in financial losses to the processor. Since animal health is a component of animal welfare these represent a clear link between suboptimal pig welfare and financial losses to the pig industry. Meat inspection data can be used to inform herd health programmes, thereby reducing the risk of injury and disease and improving production efficiency. Furthermore, meat inspection has the potential to contribute to surveillance of animal welfare. Such data could contribute to reduced losses to producers and processors through lower rates of carcass condemnations, trimming and downgrading in conjunction with higher pig welfare standards on farm. Currently meat inspection data are under-utilised in the EU, even as a means of informing herd health programmes. This includes the island of Ireland but particularly the Republic. This review describes the current situation with regard to meat inspection regulation, method, data capture and utilisation across the EU, with special reference to the island of Ireland. It also describes the financial losses arising from poor animal welfare (and health) on farms. This review seeks to contribute to efforts to evaluate the role of meat inspection as a surveillance tool for animal welfare on-farm, using pigs as a case example.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Laura Boyle, Simon John More, Alison Hanlon, Sarah Harley, Niamh O'Connell, Niamh O' Connell

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Laura Boyle
Teagasc
Total Publications: 43
 
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S J More
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 171
 
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A Hanlon
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Total Publications: 35
 
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Sarah Harley
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Total Publications: 3
 
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N E O'Connell
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