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Good welfare is good business

A balanced breeding program simultaneously develops welfare traits, while supporting the three pillars of sustainability. Welfare and sustainability work in harmony to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. See how in our Good Welfare is Good Business animation.

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Bird welfare – Essential to everything we do

As a primary breeder, Aviagen recognizes the important part we play in improving bird welfare through balanced breeding and optimal care. We are a member of the European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders (EFFAB) and diligently follow the Code of Good Practice Code-EFABAR and Principles of Sustainable Breeding.

Our Global Welfare Policy forms the cornerstone of how we look after the birds entrusted to our care.

  • Holistic approach to well-being.

    As with humans, animal well-being includes both physical and mental health. To strengthen both, we treat our birds with care and respect.

  • Welfare training and awareness.

    Everyone who works for us understands the influence they have on the welfare of our birds and is well trained in looking after their unique needs.

  • Continuous improvement.

    We continuously improve our knowledge of how we manage our birds as their needs and environments evolve and share the latest findings with our customers.

  • Accountability.

    Our welfare program is audited both internally and externally to provide assurance that the birds’ needs are met.

  • Five Freedoms.

    Our birds are given (1) fresh water, (2) feed (3) proper handling (4) health care and (5) an environment appropriate to their needs.

  • Three Essentials of Stockmanship.

    With care, responsible management and training we strive to provide a framework to meet the needs and wants of the birds, in line with the Three Essentials of Stockmanship.