Animal Welfare

Listen, learn, support, and encourage

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In every walk of life, we will find good and bad. “One bad apple can spoil the bunch”, but only if we let it. How we behave when bad practice is brought to our attention defines us. Do we make a knee jerk reaction to condemn the whole bunch? Is it enough to identify the “bad apple” and remove it? Or do we listen, learn, support and encourage the bunch, so that they can identify the “bad apples” and take the necessary action to improve the processes so that the bad apples know their actions will not be tolerated. When […]

Animal Welfare

Celebrating my First Anniversary

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Going freelance has been the best decision I have ever taken. Freed from the shackles of corporate governance and the energy sapping demands of supporting colleagues and co-workers, my mind is free to focus on the things that make a difference. I trust in myself; this will work. I live every day to the full and enjoy life. There is so much more to come, but year one has been a great starting point.

STEM

STEM Ambassador

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In May, I set up my own business and at last found time to become a STEM Ambassador.
Today, I completed my first assignment, providing a practical lesson to bring Evolution, Genetics and Inheritance to life and providing industry context.

Animal Welfare

Networking at HRC

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An insightful day at Hotels, Restaurants and Catering (HRC), ExCel, London. Some inspiring people, promoting innovative products and brands. I discussed animal welfare with many brands, avoiding the growing range of vegan ones and unfortunately missing out on coffee, tea and alcohol! The most exciting brand I found today was Fruitpig (www.fruitpig.co.uk), a specialist butcher who produces black pudding, using fresh blood from a pig abattoir in Norfolk. So passionate about his products and their provenance. An interesting conversation with The Vogue Beds Group (www.voguebeds.co.uk) about where horse hair comes from! An animal based textile that had completely passed me by; […]

Animal Welfare

Supporting #WoolwithaButt

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Livestock production systems must re-consider any “norms” which rely on management interventions which involve mutilations. It is time to think outside the box and look for non-invasive solutions.  Let’s take responsibility for our industries, identify the challenges and find the solutions before they are forced upon us by consumer campaigns. Traditional Merino sheep strains in Australia have woolly wrinkles and folds around the tail and breech area, which are highly susceptible to flystrike. For years, the prevention method has included the removal of the folds of skin around the breech. There are several methods for removing this skin using sharp […]

Animal Welfare

CPD

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Continued Professional Development is not always easy to find time or resource for when setting up business on your own. For consultants, it is however essential, to ensure that we keep up to date with industry needs, legislation and innovation. Of particular interest to me, at the seminar yesterday, was the Nex. Far too often I find chicken breeder farmers struggling to find a mechanical cervical dislocation method which they feel comfortable with. It has been hard for many to adjust to the fact that manual dislocation is no longer legal, particularly for the older generations who have been working […]

Animal Welfare

Give businesses a chance

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In October 2017 a global hotel chain made a commitment to move to cage free eggs by 2025. This commitment was applauded by the welfare groups. So why is that there is a Twitter campaign running, suggesting people boycott the hotels until they have kept their promise? How can Wyndham’s have broken their promise? We are only two years into an eight year transition! The business has a duty of care to their suppliers and the farmers in those supply chains. Change takes planning, financial investment and in this case construction or rebuilds. It is important to allow these companies […]