As a result of growing consumer concern surrounding the welfare of farmed animals, there is greater pressure on all those involved in the agri-food supply chain to ensure that animal welfare isn't compromised at any stage of production.
Just this week, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (Marie-Claude Bibeau) announced an investment of around $3 million to three different organisations involved in enhancing the tracking of animal welfare across the nation. These organisations are as follows:
• The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council
• Animal Health Canada
• The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency
The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council will receive up to $35,750 to refresh its current animal welfare programme designed for hatchers to ensure the safe handling of breeders, chickens, turkeys and hatched eggs.
Animal Health Canada are set to receive $2.9 million of the funding, which will be used to update Canada's national codes of practice against the welfare of livestock.
Finally, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency will receive up to $52,140 to establish the effectiveness of ultra high frequency scanners used to identify cattle and trace their movements quickly.