This industry best management practice manual is designed to provide information on welfare management and practices at different points along the production chain. Best practice is a set of procedures and practices that is found to be the most effective demonstration that organizations are operating at a level either at or above industry standard. Best practice is also a commitment to continuous improvement to uphold high welfare standards when producing chickens for meat purposes.
The National Animal Welfare Standard for the Chicken Meat Industry (the Standard) contains requirements related to meat chicken production, including meat breeders, egg management, hatching, chick handling and humane killing in the hatchery. The additional guidance document provides further guidance on the implementation of the Standard, including examples of evidence. This manual is designed to further explore some of the risks to animal welfare and is intended to be a guide for animal welfare best management practices at different points within the production chain. In its current format, this document only covers the areas of chick handling at the hatchery, fit for the intended journey criteria, lairage conditions and live bird handling at processing. There is the opportunity to add to this document as required by industry.