A new brochure entitled ‘Animal Welfare Guidelines for Managing Acutely Injured Livestock on Farm’ was published recently by the Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council (FAWAC).
It extensively describes a procedure to manage an injured animal on a farm inclusive of live transport to a slaughterhouse or transport after emergency slaughter on farm.
The booklet provides very clear protocols to be followed by the farmer, the involved veterinary practitioner and the slaughter plant. The protocols specifically apply to healthy animals that had some form of accident on farm and follow European hygiene legislation. Some animals which otherwise would have had to be disposed of as fallen stock, may still provide some economic benefit when following this procedure.