Everyone knows farm animal well-being is an important issue today. In response, American Humane Certified officials will launch an online Humane Care Training Program for livestock producers to use in educating employees, growers and contractors who handle animals.

The new training program will be available for widespread use in July and will be required as a key component of American Humane’s certification process, according to AHC. It will feature easy access and clear, comprehensive lessons for anyone working in direct contact with animals.

Every species will have its own training module that incorporates video and graphics to demonstrate key points. It will be the first humane training curriculum offered to producers and employees to demonstrate and reinforce science-based and compassionate animal-well-being standards. 

The new Certified Humane Care Training curriculum will be developed by John McGlone, animal scientist at Texas Tech University, in association with Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing, which provides independent, professional, science-based animal-care training and auditing services.

McGlone is the principal partner at FACTA, which is a privately held company that owns no equity or controlling interest in pork, beef, dairy or poultry production, processing or food retailing.  FACTA relies on the best animal well-being science and leading scientists to develop its programs.

CDC Global Services, which developed the Web-based data-reporting components for AHC’s True Humane Tracking auditing process, will develop technical aspects of the online learning system.

For large foodservice companies, the training will illustrate a significant, socially responsible undertaking, especially as they require their employees and independent suppliers and growers to be trained in humane-care and animal well-being standards, AHC officials say. Other users likely will include universities and government agencies dealing with agriculture, such as the Food and Drug Administration and USDA.

AHC is the nation’s oldest and fastest-growing animal well-being certification program, with more than 50 million farm animals now covered. The program’s True Humane Tracking system is a proprietary, three-tiered audit system. Producers who comply with handling requirements are allowed to use and promote the AHC label on their products, attesting to the humane animal care that consumers are demanding along with other sustainable farming practices.

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