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Second Reflection Board meeting
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The second Reflection Board meeting between representatives of the Reflection Board (RB) organizations (from the EU Platform on Animal Welfare) and the EURCAW-Poultry-SFA, was held remotely via Teams on November, 18th 2022 afternoon. In total 12 participants, seven of them from seven EU platform entities forming the RB, and four from EURCAW-Poultry-SFA were connected. One representative from DG SANTE attended as an observer.   This meeting was the occasion to remind the objectives...
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The third EU-network meeting between representatives of EU Member States (MSs) Competent Authorities (CAs) and the EURCAW-Poultry-SFA, took place in Palma (Spain) on September, 28-29, 2022 for 1,5 days. In total 59 participants, from 19 EU MSs participated, including 26 delegates from CAs, and 14 from EURCAW-Poultry-SFA. One EFTA representative attended as an observer. This meeting was the occasion to present the objectives of the Centre, and the work performed since the last meeting....
XI European Symposium on Poultry Welfare
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The next 26 to 29 June 2023, will take place the eleven European Symposium on Poultry Welfare in Prague (Czech Republic). 9 sessions are planned:   Welfare – part of poultry production sustainability Welfare assessment (labelling, traceability, precision livestock farming, smart technologies) Main welfare challenges (feather pecking, beak trimming, keel bone, bone strength in broilers) Poultry killing, transport, slaughtering Poultry breeding and welfare, epi-...
Recent developments in animal welfare assessment
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On Thursday 27 October the Welfare Quality Network held its annual seminar on animal welfare indicators. This year the meeting was jointly organized by the three EURCAWs and held in Wageningen, The Netherlands.   The target audience consisted of scientific institutes who act as support bodies to their governments on animal welfare issues. In addition, the meeting was attended by representatives from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Dutch Competent Authority (NVWA), and...
Webinar: Assessment of consciousness after waterbath stunning of turkeys
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Organized by EURCAW-Poultry-SFA. The webinar was held via Teams. Target audience: Official inspectors from the Competent Authorities of the EU MSs Attendance through invitation only.   The PDF of the presentation is available here. The webinar recording is available here.    Description: Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing requires assessing the state of consciousness of the...
EURCAWs met with National Reference Centres and National Supporting Bodies
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The three EURCAWs (EURCAW Ruminants & Equines, EURCAW Pigs, and EURCAW Poultry-SFA) hosted the second workshop with National Reference Centres for Animal Welfare and the Competent Authorities’ Supporting Bodies on 13 September 2022. In total 89 participants from 22 Member States participated, including 24 members from the three EURCAWs, and three delegates from DG SANTE of the European Commission.   The aims of the meeting were...
Evaluation of the protection of the welfare of laying hens in Germany
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Last September 14th, the final report of an audit of Germany in order to evaluate the protection of the welfare of laying hens at all stages of production was uploaded online. This audit was carried out from 21st, September to 1st​​​​​​, October 2021. The objective was to assess the effectiveness of official controls to ensure the protection of the welfare of laying hens at all stages of production. The conclusions indicate, for example, that the welfare of laying hens is a priority to...
EURCAW-Poultry-SFA's second scientific article
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The Centre is celebrating the publication of its second scientific paper as a result of the work carried out in Activity 3 in 2020 and 2021. This study aimed at investigating the pertinence of different animal-based indicators (ABIs) for the assessment of broiler’s state of consciousness after waterbath stunning (WBS) before and during bleeding. This article named "Inter-Observer Repeatability of Indicators of Consciousness after Waterbath Stunning in Broiler Chickens...
EURCAW-Poultry-SFA Italian management meeting
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The first physical management meeting of the year was held in IZSLER facility in Brescia from 28 to 29 March 2022. Thirteen members of the Centre met in order to prepare the future period’s work-programme, the third CAs meeting, and work together on the 2022 various tasks. The health director of IZSLER Giuseppe Merialdi was pleased to welcome all consortium members.  After the meeting, four members of the Centre took the opportunity to visit a hatchery on March 30. The...
Visit of the Italian Reference Centres for Animal Welfare
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On 31 March 2022, the coordinator and deputy coordinator met with the Italian Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (CReNBA). Both EURCAW-Poultry-SFA and CReNBA presented their teams, past, present, and future activities. The Classyfarm System was detailed and possible training and best practices collaboration were discussed.