Are your cattle clean when presented for slaughter?


Are your cattle clean when presented for slaughter?

Are your cattle clean when presented for slaughter?

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Are your cattle clean when presented for slaughter?

Ireland has a world-renowned reputation as a leading food producer, with approximately 90% of the beef produced on the island exported annually.

Beef producers have a duty to ensure that cattle are clean at slaughter in order to ensure that the highest standards in safe meat production are delivered and also to minimise any risk to human health, giving consumers confidence that they are placing their faith in quality Irish produce. Dirty hides can also take from our reputation but can pose a potential threat to our hide markets.

Clean Livestock Policy

In 1998, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine introduced a Clean Livestock Policy (CLP) which still to the day is paramount for beef producers.

The standards follow a three-category system; A, B, C- ranging from satisfactory to acceptable and unacceptable. Obviously, the objective is to ensure that the animals strive for a category-A status. All cattle are analysed when they arrive at the lairage of a factory and categorised accordingly.

Categories

As stated on the DAFM’s website, the specifications for each of the three categories are as follows:

Satisfactory

Cattle that can be slaughtered, without an unacceptable risk of containing the meat during the slaughter process, by using the standard hygienic dressing procedures routinely employed by the plant.

Acceptable

Cattle that can only be slaughtered, without an unacceptable risk of contamination of the meat during the slaughter process, by putting in place extra defined hygienic dressing controls.

Unsatisfactory

Cattle unfit for slaughter because of hide condition. These cattle must not be presented for ante mortem in this condition and it is the responsibility of the FBO( Food Business Organisation) to take the required remedial action.

Top 5 tips for ensuring optimum animal cleanliness

  1. Ensure that cattle are clipped. – Trim tails and shave a strip along the spine from the tail head to the shoulders.
  2. Do not overstock pens.
  3. Have adequate ventilation in sheds.
  4. Change straw bedding regularly. -Put the cattle( if they are dirty) on dry straw bedding up to the final month prior to slaughter.
  5. Manage the animal’s diet and avoid sudden changes.

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