Farm Welfare Assessment - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

The red meat farm Welfare Assessment training course ( RMFWA ).

Elective courses

On - Farm

Primary Processing

Farm Welfare Assessment - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

To fully understand key welfare and quality issues relating to poultry production it is essential that delegates are familiar with many aspects of the production cycle. This holistic approach allows key welfare indicators to be understood in context of total production.  It is the animal itself that is subjected to a critical sequence of events that can significantly affect welfare, resulting in varying levels of carcass and meat quality as well as introducing rather than reducing cost to the industry.

The Poultry Farm Welfare Assessment Course ( PFWA ) is a new 1 day residential / 1 day practical course that addresses key welfare issues at this critical stage of poultry meat production from placement up to slaughter weight.  The 2 day course focusses on inspection and assessment techniques relating to key welfare and quality issues on farm.  The practical component of the course within a commercial growing farm requires delegates to utilise experience and knowledge to improve observational and assessment skills as well as objectively and subjectively report on welfare ante-mortem.

Broiler Leg Weakness & Gait Score - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

The Broiler Leg Weakness & Gait Score training course has been developed as a resource to the industry to better understand and assess the welfare issues relating to leg weakness within commercial broiler flocks during production.  For many years it has been included in requirements of companies across Europe, Brazil, Thailand and New Zealand.  The course runs over 2 days and provides both detailed theory of tibial dyschondroplasia and practical assessment skills of ‘gait scoring’.  The BLW&GS course deals with specific issues relating to the assessment / management of  this condition on farm.

Abattoir Welfare Assessment - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

In order to provide practical experience and significant improvements in welfare and quality during primary processing AWT have authored the Poultry Abattoir Welfare Assessment course ( PAWA ).  Single or multiple species courses are available subject to discussion with AWT.  This 2 day course focusses on inspection and assessment techniques relating to key welfare and quality issues.  The practical component of the course within a commercial abattoir requires delegates to utilise experience and knowledge to improve observational and assessment skills as well as objectively and subjectively report on both welfare ante-mortem and quality post-mortem.

High frequency stunning - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

In the past electrical stunning of poultry species was carried out with ( typically ) 50Hz sinewave using a fixed voltage to deliver sufficient current to the waterbath under full production.  The passage of sufficient current to humanely stun ( depending on species ) using these parameters through the whole body of the bird satisfies welfare requirements however has been associated with  the production of carcass damage due to direct muscle stimulation.  The latest research and technological developments have lead to the commercial production and adoption of not only frequencies higher than 50Hz but also different waveforms and applied parameters.  These technologies significantly reduce the level of carcass damage whilst satisfying welfare requirements. The application, understanding and assessment of high frequency stunning technology when applied to poultry meat production can present novel challenges to the industry worldwide especially where assurance of Halal compliance is present.

Jarvis electrical stunning - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

The Jarvis Electrical Cattle Stunning course is a two day training course comprising a short review of theory relating to welfare and quality followed by assessment of a fully operational system during production.  Emphasis is given to operation of the system for either Halal or non Halal requirements.   Background theory relating to legislation, animal handling, entry and restraint, the stunning and / or killing process, assessment and backup systems are discussed.  The 2 day course presumes that delegates have a background knowledge of the Key Welfare Issues during production ( AWOP ) and use of the Jarvis system as well as experience in assessment methodologies.  Delegates less familiar with welfare and quality issues at stunning, slaughter or killing may first consider the Animal Welfare Officer (AWOP) training course and Abattoir Welfare Assessment (RMAWA) training course as a foundation in understanding welfare and assessment during meat production.

Abattoir Welfare Assessment - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

In order to provide practical experience and significant improvements in welfare and quality during primary processing AWT have authored the Red Meat Abattoir Welfare Assessment course ( RMAWA ).  Single or multiple species courses are available subject to discussion with AWT.  This 2 day course focusses on inspection and assessment techniques relating to key welfare and quality issues.  The practical component of the course within a commercial abattoir requires delegates to utilise experience and knowledge to improve observational and assessment skills as well as objectively and subjectively report on both welfare ante-mortem and quality post-mortem.

CA systems - 1 day theory / 0.5 day practical assessment

By way of introduction initial presentations quickly review events from the end of production on farm including catching, loading, transport, offloading, lairage operations, carcass and meat quality as it relates to the use of modular systems used with CA.  The course then covers in detail the background of controlled atmosphere systems to include legislation, welfare research, welfare & quality considerations, operation and assessment of CA systems and backup procedures by tutors that for over 40 years have carried out much of the underpinning welfare research in combination with over 20 years of international experience in production and welfare training.

Mechanical stunning - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

The Mechanical stunning course is a two day training course comprising a short review of theory relating to welfare followed by assessment of mechanical stunning during production.  Background theory relating to legislation, animal handling, entry and restraint, the stunning and / or killing process, assessment and backup systems are discussed.   The course presumes that delegates have a background knowledge of the Key Welfare Issues during production ( AWOP ) and use of a commercial system.  Delegates less familiar with welfare and quality issues at stunning, slaughter or killing may first consider the Animal Welfare Officer (AWOP) training course as a foundation in understanding welfare during meat production.

Welfare & Quality Assessment - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

In order to provide practical experience and significant improvements in welfare and quality during primary processing AWT have authored the Red Meat Welfare & Quality Assessment course ( RMWQA ).  Single or multiple species courses are available subject to discussion with AWT.  This 2 day course compliments the Abattoir Welfare Assessment training course which introduces delegates to identifying, recognising and reporting key welfare issues at the slaughterhouse.  Within commercial poultry production it is possible to determine predisposing and probable causes of welfare and carcass quality issues throughout the production process not only at the slaughterhouse but also as early as the growing period on farm.

Primary Processing

On - Farm

Elective courses are available on request* as part of standalone training requirements or as part of Senior Welfare Officer progression.


* Some elective courses may be subject to availability / access and / or bio security requirements.

Stockmanship - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

The stockmanship course is a two day training course comprising a short review of theory relating to welfare followed by assessment of stockmanship during production and consideration / authoring of Codes of Practice.  Background theory relating to legislation, Codes of Practice and Standard Operating Procedures and animal handling.   The course presumes that delegates have a background knowledge of the Key Welfare Issues during production ( AWOP ) and use of a commercial system.  Delegates less familiar with welfare and quality issues during primary processing may first consider the Animal Welfare Officer (AWOP) training course as a foundation in understanding welfare during meat production.

Welfare & Quality Assessment - 1 day theory / 1 day practical assessment

In order to provide practical experience and significant improvements in welfare and quality during primary processing AWT have authored the Poultry Welfare & Quality Assessment course ( WMWQA ).  Single or multiple species courses are available subject to discussion with AWT.  This 2 day course compliments the Abattoir Welfare Assessment training course which introduces delegates to identifying, recognising and reporting key welfare issues at the slaughterhouse.  Within commercial poultry production it is possible to determine predisposing and probable causes of welfare and carcass quality issues throughout the production process not only at the slaughterhouse but also as early as the growing period on farm.