Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Industry-leading animal welfare researchers to study 20 genetic strains of broiler chickens

Global Animal Partnership (GAP), creator of North America’s most comprehensive farm animal welfare standards, has provided a grant-in-aid of research to the University of Guelph, Ontario for a two-year research project that will determine and evaluate the parameters necessary for assessing the animal welfare needs of different genetic strains of chicken breeds. In 2016, GAP announced its intention to replace 100 percent of chicken breeds that result in poor welfare outcomes by 2024 with breeds meeting specified welfare outcomes within its 5-Step® Rating Program. The Guelph research project will help determine which genetic strains are best suited for commercial production under the new standards GAP is creating. GAP will provide public updates throughout the duration of the project...more 

They want to control the method of production and even the breed produced. A sign of things to come?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey- maybe they'll come with a breed that grows faster on less feed and big enough to fight off predators.