282 Research paper – Tudorache – 2014 – Influence of applying broiler welfare laws on unit cost

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282 Research paper – Tudorache – 2014 – Influence of applying broiler welfare laws on unit cost

In Significant Impact Groups:
Housing and welfare \
Species targeted: Poultry;
Age: Not stated;
Summary:
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Country: RO
European Union and especially some national governments have gradually increased production costs by political decisions of introducing new rules concerning food safety, protection of environment and animal welfare. This paper has been performed to assess economic consequences of applying broiler welfare laws on unit cost by kg live weight. The study was performed during four years with production data from six top poultry farms from Romania before (V1) and after the introduction of broiler welfare rules (V2 and V3). Analyzing these percentages has revealed that unit cost is 1.81% higher in variant V2 than in variant V1 and 3.43% higher in variant V3 compared to base variant. On the other hand, welfare rules also brings savings in unit costs between 1.12% for biological material and feeds – V2 and 37.50% for ventilation energy – V3.