Evaluation of a breast support conveyor to improve poultry welfare on the shackle line.

@article{Lines2011EvaluationOA,
  title={Evaluation of a breast support conveyor to improve poultry welfare on the shackle line.},
  author={Jeff Lines and Tamara A. Jones and Peter Sainley Berry and Paul Cook and Jade Y Spence and C. P. Schofield},
  journal={The Veterinary record},
  year={2011},
  volume={168 5},
  pages={129}
}
A breast support conveyor has the potential to improve bird welfare by avoiding the need to invert and suspend broilers by their legs as they move from the point of shackling to entry into the electric waterbath. To evaluate its effect on welfare under commercial conditions, a breast support conveyor was installed under the conventional shackle line of a small poultry processing plant. A structured assessment of the behaviour of the birds indicated a significant decrease in struggling and wing… CONTINUE READING

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