Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing has joined forces with Temple Grandin to develop a series of uniform animal-welfare training and auditing standards for livestock and poultry producers seeking to affirm compliance with animal-welfare guidelines.

Grandin, associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will serve as an advisor to FACTA. She will help establish and oversee training programs for the company’s animal-welfare auditors. She joins John McGlone, FACTA’s chief executive officer and director of the Pork Industry Institute at Texas Tech University.

“Together, we will establish uniform standards that will help producers and processors certify their compliance with the new industry and retailer guidelines, and improve the overall quality of their animal-welfare programs,” says McGlone.

“We must establish uniform standards that are acceptable to producers, processors and retailers alike to ensure that the food industry moves forward in a constructive manner,” adds Grandin.

FACTA first started to offer such science-based animal-welfare training and auditing services to producers in November 2002. FACTA’s audit reports collect objective data for benchmarking purposes, rather than using a pass/fail system, notes McGlone. All FACTA audits are confidential and are not released to any outside entity without the consent of the audited producer.

FACTA is a privately held company based in Lubbock, Texas. For more information about FACTA services, go to www.factallc.com