British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

Animal health & welfare

BMPA members take their responsibility for the welfare of animals in their care extremely seriously and all follow stringent rules governing how animals are treated.

Many of our member sites are the forefront of abattoir design with facilities designed to house the animals and help them move around the site with ease and without any pain, distress or suffering. 

As part of ensuring the welfare of animals at abattoirs, BMPA wrote the red meat industry Guide to Good Practice: Welfare at Slaughter. The Guide can be downloaded below and is based on the requirements of the current EU regulations as well as regulations specific to each of the UK devolved administrations, links to all of which can be found below.

In addition, DEFRA has published a guide which explains the specific requirements of EC Regulation 01/2005. This document is particularly useful as it clarifies what transporters, farmers, and slaughterhouses should be doing including the requirements for formal training and competence certification.

Responsibility for animal health lies primarily with the farmer, but both the Food Standards Authority and abattoirs take a role in passing information back to farms about any animal diseases or problems that were found after they entered the abattoir.  They also play a big part in ensuring that any animals with health problems that may endanger public health do not move into the human food chain. 

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New Zealand livestock farmers are being asked to reduce methane emissions based on an international report despite the report's authors saying it should not be used on an individual country basis.

We must differentiate between different farming systems.

https://bit.ly/33ItyIk

A potted primer on the 'Global Warming Potential' of different greenhouse gasses including methane from cows.

Turns out they're not all the same, and we must be careful we're using the right calculations when comparing the environmental impacts of cows vs cars, for example.

New consumer trends report cites interesting Nielsen figures showing that 'US sales of meat with health or environmental claims are growing rapidly, led by “organic” up 13.1%
and “grass-fed” up 12.2%'https://bit.ly/2PRg8pc

Good news for the UK's high-standards, grass fed meat!