Care for all our animals and those impacted by our products and services by providing what keeps them healthy and what they want.
The health and welfare of the animals under our care is integral to our strategy and a core component of driving sustainability in the food chain.
Benchmark believes that good animal welfare implies both physical fitness and a sense of well-being. Throughout the business we strive to ensure the highest level of welfare for every animal under our care and influence by providing what keeps them healthy and an environment that allows for their species-specific needs.
Measuring our progress
Animals welfare outcome measures are species-specific metrics that allow us to assess how an animal has experienced the environment in which it has lived. They cover the lifespan of the animal and include both physical and behavioural metrics including injuries, mortality, behaviour, mobility and disease as well as attributes associated with good quality of life. Data is collected both on-farm and at slaughter by directly observing the animal.
They are comprehensive yet simple to use and are therefore widely collected throughout industry using standard measuring procedures. This makes data collection practical and cost-effective and provides robust information about the welfare of animals throughout its life.
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The practice raises significant welfare issues and eliminating this practice is high on the list of priorities for producers, consumers and retailers.Read more