Poultry Welfare Officer Training

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

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When: Thu., Jun. 21, 2018 (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM)
Fri., Jun. 22, 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 Poultry 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, poultry welfare officers (PWO), 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.

PWO Certification

Certification as a Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO) 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.


Thursday, June 21, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018

09:00 am Registration / Coffee & Tea

09:30 am PWO Course Introduction Course Outline & Assessment Structure

09:45 am EC Regulation 1099/2009 & the PWO Concern for poultry welfare why/justification?
Link between welfare and quality

10:15 am Catching Poultry Effect on downgrading
Record keeping - by flock, by farm, by catching team, by haulier?

10:45 am Coffee / Tea

11:00 am Transport / Hygiene / Offloading Transport & Thermal Stress
Monitoring Ventilation (Hot & Cold Spots)
Discussion Groups Questions

01:00 pm Lunch (provided)

02:00 pm The Lairage Environment & Reception DOAs - cause, prevention
Thermal stress in the lairage
Procedure for escaped birds

03:00 pm Coffee / Tea

03:30 pm Hang-on to Stun / Introduction to Stunning Discussion groups questions

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

08:30 am What do I understand by Electricity? Water bath Electrical stunning (low frequ)
Pre-stun Shocks
How does a water bath stunner work?
Depth of immersion?
Variation in resistance between birds?
Leg/shackle interface
Discussion groups questions

10:15 am Coffee / Tea

10:30 am Checking for Effective Waterbath Stunning How are birds stunned
Stun-to-stun or Stun-to-kill
Calibration/Effect on Quality
Discussion groups questions

12:30 pm Lunch (provided)

01:30 pm Effect of Frequency on Quality Backup/Killing (Manual/Automatic)
Modified Atmosphere Killing

Anoxia vs CO2
Poultry Slaughter
How to measure blood loss
Discussion groups questions

03:00 pm Coffee / Tea

03:30 pm Casualty Slaughter Neck dislocation/Decapitation
Mechanical stunning
Poultry percussive gun
Head-only electrical stunning
Discussion groups questions

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


Andrew Grist

Stephen Wotton


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