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A formal model for assessing the economic impact of animal welfare improvements at bovine and porcine slaughter

Jerlström, Josefine and Berg, Lotta and Karlsson, Anders and Wallenbeck, Anna and Hansson, Helena (2022). A formal model for assessing the economic impact of animal welfare improvements at bovine and porcine slaughter. Animal Welfare. 31 :3 , 361-371
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Abstract

The relationship between animal welfare at slaughter and slaughterhouse profitability is complex, with potential trade-offs between animal welfare costs and benefits. Slaughterhouses currently lack data support for decisions on investments that can improve both animal welfare and profitability. Therefore, this study mapped the economic impacts for slaughterhouse businesses of improved cattle and pig welfare at slaughter. Specific aims were to: (i) highlight the possible economic impact of animal welfare improvements, based on the scientific literature; (ii) develop an economic model demonstrating the theoretical contribution of animal welfare to slaughterhouse profitability; and (iii) validate the economic model through focus group interviews with slaughterhouse personnel in Sweden. The findings indicated that investing in animal welfare improvements could result in accumulation of an intangible asset that can be considered together with other production factors in the economic model. Model validation stressed the importance of selling by-products for the economic outcome and of smooth workflow for productivity. The study thus improves understanding of the economic impacts of animal welfare at slaughter and incentives for slaughterhouse businesses to improve animal welfare. The results are important for public and private policy-makers interested in enhancing animal welfare at slaughter.

Authors/Creators:Jerlström, Josefine and Berg, Lotta and Karlsson, Anders and Wallenbeck, Anna and Hansson, Helena
Title:A formal model for assessing the economic impact of animal welfare improvements at bovine and porcine slaughter
Series Name/Journal:Animal Welfare
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:31
Number:3
Page range:361-371
Number of Pages:11
ISSN:0962-7286
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118510
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-118510
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Type of IDID
DOI10.7120/09627286.31.4.004
ID Code:28558
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 Aug 2022 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:25 Aug 2022 12:31

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