Animal welfare and meat quality are closely linked. When you improve animal welfare, you improve meat quality, and you increase your profit.
WQC, a tool for monitoring animal welfare
According to regulations in many countries and consumer demands, slaughterhouses must ensure and document the welfare of the animals on the day of slaughter.
The WQC protocol contains a well-defined setup of parameters that combines management related issues with practical arrangements, animal-based measures and meat quality. WQC is based on the layout of the individual slaughterhouse and allows for inclusion of specific customer demands related to animal welfare, providing the slaughterhouse with a customized protocol. WQC includes observations and graduation of typically 3 to 6 indicators within all areas of the slaughterhouse from unloading to sticking and meat quality.
The perfect tool for surveillance, benchmarking and communication of your animal welfare status
The concurrent training of slaughterhouse employees ensures implementation of the WQC system and ongoing focus on animal welfare.
For slaughterhouses, the WQC provides a comprehensive and simple overview of the status at hand that is easy to communicate, and by use of the WQC app – a web-based audit system developed by DMRI – the slaughterhouse will be able to continue monitoring animal welfare after DMRI’s experts have left.
Photos: By use of the WQC app, the slaughterhouse will be able to continue monitoring animal welfare after DMRI's experts have left.
Scrøder-Petersen, DL (2019) Meatingpoint Magazine issue 24, p:26-27 Good animal handling before slaughter is also good business
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