The Animal Agriculture Alliance has completed its science-based report to be used in assessing farm animal care programs.
The report commissioned by the Alliance and conducted through the joint efforts of the Federation of Animal Science Societies and the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists provides criteria for the evaluation of animal care guidelines developed by the various producer organizations for each species.
A multi-disciplinary Steering Committee and Species Committees, including veterinarians, animal behaviorists and animal scientists have been formed.
The alliance publishes an Animal Care Principles manual incorporating standards for care regarding provision of food and water, health and veterinary care, environment, husbandry practices, handling and transportation.
The report includes general management principles and criteria for animal well-being, in addition to species-specific criteria for beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, broilers, egg layers, turkeys, ducks, sheep and veal producers.