Approval for slow growing breeds
Two of Aviagen’s slower growing breeds Ranger Gold and Rambler Ranger - have been approved for use under the Dutch Better Life Star certification scheme for broilers, joining the Rowan Ranger that achieved the same certification 5 years ago.
Approval was granted following welfare assessments and other tests, including auditing by Wageningen University and Research Centre.
The 1,2 or 3 Star System was developed by the Dutch Animal Welfare Association Dierenbescherming to improve animal welfare by setting minimum quality standards.
Offering a feather-sexable broiler with excellent feed conversion and meat yield as well as superior welfare traits, the Ranger Gold is suitable for indoor, organic and free-range production.
Suitable for either organic or free-range production, the Rambler Ranger meanwhile provides a traditional broiler that can be grown to a higher age with competitive meat yield and exceptional health and fitness.
“The core objective of Aviagen’s slower-growing portfolio is to enhance the welfare benefits of the birds at the same time as delivering strong advantages for feed efficiency and meat yield within this sector,” says Magnus Swalander, general manager of Aviagen Ltd. “This is a very important and positive step for Aviagen as consumer interest in this niche market segment continues to grow.”¡