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NewStream Farm Animal Care, Volume 1, Edition 15

Seven ideas that matter

July 30, 2013

A look at several key questions and concepts driving farm animal care progress for livestock producers and their industry

It may be the dog days of summer but in the world of farm animal care it's also a time when new ideas and fresh progress are heating up. Here's a rundown of several key questions and concepts to watch for in the months ahead.

1. Who pays? It's an unprecedented time of new standards and opportunities for innovation in farm animal care, but a key question on the minds of many is who will carry the short-term investment burden required for significant practice and infrastructure change. With numerous potential shifts on the horizon, "The cost of transition must be spread across the value chain" is a statement producers will get used to hearing more often from their associations.

2. Who should pay? Hot on the heels of this debate is the related question of consumer demand and whether or not consumers will ultimately pay more for perceived welfare-enhanced products.

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Voices of Care

July 30, 2013

Insights from three industry leaders

McDonalds. "When we changed the nomenclature and asked about animal health and welfare, that's when the conversation really started to shift." More.

JBS. ""As the largest food protein company in the world, we have the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of many animals." More.

Tim Hortons. "What we see in the farm animal care associations in Canada is so refreshing." More.





Headwaters

July 30, 2013

Quick takes on key activity and what's coming, from NewStream editors

Driving support for National Chair for Swine Welfare

The Prairie Swine Centre and University of Saskatchewan are taking the lead in helping to drive industry support for matching funding for an NSERC–IRC (Industrial Research Chair) for Swine Welfare in Canada.

This national chair position would be a first for Canada and serve all segments of the pork value chain. It represents a welcome opportunity in the eyes of many industry associations and others in the farm animal care community, as welfare continues to rise as a priority for science-based industry progress. New resources for welfare research are particularly important in light of recent cuts at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Manitoba Pork, Sask Pork and B.C. Pork have confirmed participation with a five-year commitment. Further support is currently being sought in Alberta. Watch for updates on this progress as well as further information on Chair candidate Dr. Sandra Edwards, in future editions of NewStream Farm Animal Care.



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