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Overview of the practices of on-farm emergency slaughter of cattle in the Nordic countries

Skuladottir, Gislina and Phythian, Clare Joan and Holmoy, Ingrid Hunter and Myhrene, Guro and Alvåsen, Karin and Martin, Adam Dunstan (2022). Overview of the practices of on-farm emergency slaughter of cattle in the Nordic countries. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica. 64 :1 , 9
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Abstract

On farm mortality is an increasing problem in cattle production systems in the Nordic countries. It represents an economic loss to the farmer and raises questions of sustainability, food waste and animal welfare. On-farm emergency slaughter (OFES) represents, in some situations, an opportunity for a farmer to salvage some of the economic value from an animal that cannot be transported to a slaughterhouse. The basis of the regulation of OFES in the Nordic countries originates largely from legislation from the European Union. However, this review has found that the availability and practice of OFES in the Nordic countries differs considerably. For example, in Norway 4.2% of all cattle slaughter is OFES, whilst in Iceland OFES has never been recorded. National food safety authorities have issued differing regulations and guidelines regarding the suitability of sick and injured animals for OFES. This review shows there is a paucity of data regarding the incidence and reasons for the use of OFES of cattle in the Nordic countries and points out the need for more investigation into this area to improve veterinary education, consumer protection and animal welfare.

Authors/Creators:Skuladottir, Gislina and Phythian, Clare Joan and Holmoy, Ingrid Hunter and Myhrene, Guro and Alvåsen, Karin and Martin, Adam Dunstan
Title:Overview of the practices of on-farm emergency slaughter of cattle in the Nordic countries
Series Name/Journal:Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:64
Number:1
Article number:9
Number of Pages:11
Publisher:BMC
ISSN:0044-605X
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Animal hygiene, Cattle, Mortality, On farm emergency slaughter, Slaughter
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116726
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116726
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1186/s13028-022-00627-0
Web of Science (WoS)000778116500001
ID Code:27592
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:22 Apr 2022 08:25
Metadata Last Modified:22 Apr 2022 08:31

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