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On a cage-free production model for welfare and sustainable development

At the first Kenya Women Veterinary Association Regional Animal Welfare Conference held at Lake Naivasha in Kenya, FAI Brazil's Executive Director Murilo Quintiliano spoke about a cage-free model for egg production to improve flock welfare and sustainable outcome measures.

19 December 2019, at 1:55pm

Mr Quintiliano described egg production as depending on a variety of factors such as species and breed, genetic traits, and individual characteristics, while egg quality is determined by bird health, production scale, automation, data collection and labour.

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Murilo Quintiliano, executive director at FAI Brazil

In his presentation, Mr Quintiliano outlined that while producers strive to improve productivity, cost reduction and scale, animal welfare should remain a key priority since it can impact not only productivity but is important to production efficiency, not to mention to the consumers who demand it.

Sustainable production and flock welfare one must "take into consideration the three E's (environment, ethics and economics). Environment encompasses sustainable feed and energy consumption. Ethics looks at welfare and expression of natural behaviour, genetics and transport. Economics focuses on product quality, production losses, cost of production and security of supply."

Mr Quintiliano concluded that cage-free production if managed well can mitigate greenhouse gases by a better interaction between animals environment and people. He said that communities can support the process by coming together and by providing the right incentives to consumers.

The Kenya Veterinary Association is a professional membership organization for all veterinarians in Kenya in both public and private sectors registered under the societies Act Cap 108 of the Laws of Kenya.

FAI Farms is committed to help overcome the food sector’s key challenges and implement better farming practices through applied research and innovation. Mr Quintiliano heads up FAI Brazil, which operates a 10,000 eggs per day operation to help spur the Brazilian cage-free egg industry.