DEVEL­OP­MENT

The Poultry Bulletin - - TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT - By Christo­pher Ma­son

de­ci­sion was taken to up­date the SAPA Code of prac­tice. Alan Saun­ders has been ap­pointed to man­age this process, and a tech­ni­cal sub­com­mit­tee has been es­tab­lished to dis­cuss per­ti­nent is­sues. The NSPCA will be in­vited to con­trib­ute to these dis­cus­sions.

Some of the is­sues high­lighted that need to be ad­dressed are: • Cage den­sity, drinker sys­tems on cages, eu­thana­sia of chick­ens, trans­porta­tion of chick­ens, and the treat­ment of end of lay birds and cull out­lets. Us­ing gas as a method of eu­thana­sia. Mac­er­a­tion of day old chicks as an ac­cept­able method. The use of stun­ning boxes as an al­ter­na­tive to dis­lo­ca­tion. Fowl Ty­phoid and the spread of the dis­ease was raised as an area of con­cern. The meet­ing was in­formed that a study is be­ing planned by DAFF for Gaut­eng. What was ev­i­dent is that some pro­duc­ers are ig­nor­ing ad­vice - end of lay birds sold as culls move everywhere, which is pro­mot­ing a • • • prob­lem­atic sce­nario. The Health and Wel­fare com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that SAPA en­gage with DAFF in an ef­fort to min­imise the spread of the dis­ease.

Food Com­pli­ance Com­mit­tee

In De­cem­ber 2013, the DAFF gazetted aver­sion of the draft poul­try reg­u­la­tions that were sent to the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion. Since then, a num­ber of meet­ings have taken place. Dur­ing the meet­ing a num­ber of points were raised re­gard­ing SAPA’S draft ver­sion. These in­cluded: • The pur­pose is not to dis­cuss brine per­cent­ages but to rather look at the reg­u­la­tion and make com­ments. The Min­is­ter has promised SAPA a tech­ni­cal ses­sion to de­bate the mat­ter prop­erly. SAPA will have a draft pro­posal on what the reg­u­la­tions should look like. On the brin­ing test is­sue, pro­duc­ers will be asked to sub­mit data for anal­y­sis. Cur­rent test­ing method­ol­ogy and the va­lid­ity is be­ing • • • •

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