Animal Welfare Officer Training

Join us for Animal Welfare Officer Training a two-day workshop taught by leading specialists from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom).
Animal Welfare Officer Training - Workshops
Language: English

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When: Tue., Jun. 19, 2018 (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM)
Wed., Jun. 20, 2018 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Where: Penn State University - Agricultural Engineering Building - Conference Room
312 Ag Engineering Bldg.
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

registration deadline: June 5, 2018
11:59 p.m.

Join us for Animal Welfare Officer Training, a two-day, research-based interactive training on proven animal handling and slaughterhouse practices in a practical hands-on format. Course is taught by leading specialists from the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) and Penn State Extension professionals.

Who Should Attend?

This special program is designed for live production managers, animal welfare officers (AWO), and processing plant supervisors who are interested in practices to improve product quality and animal welfare.

The workshop will be of particular interest to companies interested in EU trade partnerships and companies or individuals who desire to benchmark and certify their animal welfare practices.

To Be Covered

The workshop is informative and interactive. Discussion among participants is provided for each topic. Content covers the significant aspects of animal behavior, feed and water withdrawal, loading and transport, holding area, movement and restraint, stunning and slaughter. An important concept is the interrelationship of production steps that lead to cost-effective, high-quality food products while recognizing the individual welfare of the animal.

AWO Certification

Certification as a Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) is included based on individual participant assessment. Participants are assessed, not through completion of a formal examination, but via frequent multiple-choice questions using wireless keypad technology. Engaged discussion is offered throughout the workshop for learning and sharing ideas and content. The goal of this program is to learn how enhanced welfare practices can significantly contribute to improving the value of your animal protein products.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

09:00 am Registration / Coffee & Tea

09:30 am Introduction - Tutors & Delegates Course outline & assessment structure

09:45 am Legislative Requirements (EC 1099/2009) Animal Welfare - Action Points - throughout course
What is Animal Welfare?
Welfare is about the individual!
Discussion group questions

10:45 am Coffee / Tea

11:00 am Animal Behavior Cattle/Sheep/Pigs
Discussion group questions

12:00 pm Meat & Quality Maturation
Dark cutting/DFD/PSE/Rind-side damage
Discussion group questions

01:00 pm Lunch (provided)

02:00 pm Animal Transport Stress/Fit to transport?
Discussion group questions

02:45 pm Lairaging & Stockmanship Animal movement/coercion
Discussion group questions

03:30 pm Coffee / Tea

03:45 pm The Lairage to Restraint Cattle/Sheep/Pigs
Data gathering/record keeping
Discussion group questions

07:00 pm Course Dinner (Reservations for Group - Meal Cost Not Included)

08:30 am Introduction to Stunning & Slaughter What does the legislation require?

09:00 am Introduction to Mechanical Stunning History of gun design/How does it work?
How fast is it? What do I do if it fails?
Shooting positions
Discussion group questions

10:15 am Coffee / Tea

10:30 am What do I understand by electricity? How does Electrical Stunning Stun?
Operation & Action/Auditing stunning
Carcass quality/Equipment
Discussion group questions

12:00 pm Electrical Head-to-Body Stunning Function/automation/welfare advantages

12:30 pm Lunch (provided)

01:30 pm Jarvis StunKill System for Cattle Discussion group questions

02:00 pm Gas Killing of Pigs EC 1099/2009
Aversion of induction/alternative gasses
Discussion group questions

03:00 pm Coffee / Tea

03:15 pm Slaughter Sticking techniques

03:45 pm Religious Slaughter / Casualty Slaughter Discussion groups / lectures

04:30 pm Wrap-up / Adjourn Participants receive course manual on jump drive.


Andrew Grist

Stephen Wotton


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