Farm Animal Welfare Council


FAWC News Release

8 June 2007

Farm Animal Welfare Council Report on Stockmanship and Farm Animal Welfare

The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) launches its Report on Stockmanship and Farm Animal Welfare today.

The report recognises that stockmanship is the single most important influence on the welfare of farm animals and that stockmen, working either as self-employed farmers or employees, have demanding responsibilities as they strive to understand and cater for the needs of their animals.

Professor Wathes, Chairman of FAWC, said “The Report outlines the “Three Essentials of Stockmanship”, which provide the foundations of sustainable livestock farming. Based on these, a major focus of the Report is the provision of effective education and training of stockmen on a regular and progressive basis.”

He continued “There are difficulties in educating and training stockmen that are common to all sectors of livestock farming. These include single-handed working, remoteness from colleges and universities, and access to trainers and courses off-site. These problems can be overcome by industry-led schemes that can be both feasible and effective.

Professor Wathes concluded “The Report also recommends that both the farming industry and Government should evaluate the benefits of education and training in terms of staff satisfaction and retention, the value to farming businesses, and the standards of animal welfare on British farms.”

Notes for Editors

1. The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) is an independent advisory body established by Government in 1979 to keep under review the welfare of farm animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at place of slaughter; and to advise Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, of any legislative or other changes that may be necessary.

2. Professor Christopher Wathes was appointed Chairman of FAWC with effect from 1 January 2005. He is Chair of Animal Welfare at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

3. All FAWC members serve in a personal capacity and do not represent any organisation with which they may be associated.

4. Copies of FAWC publications are available from the FAWC Secretariat at the address below. Approaches for interviews should also be routed through the Secretariat.

FAWC Secretariat
Area 701
1A Page Street

Tel: 020 7904 6741
Fax: 020 7904 6993


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