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Biosalud

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Abstract

ROMERO PENUELA, Marlyn Hellen; SANCHEZ VALENCIA, Jorge Alberto  and  MONCAYO MORA, Jairo Francisco. EVALUATION OF MORTALITY AND TRAUMATIC INJURES IN BROILER CHICKENS UNDER COMMERCIAL SLAUGHTERING CONDITIONS. Biosalud [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.1, pp.30-36. ISSN 1657-9550.

The objective of the present study was to evaluate mortality on arrival (DOA) and the presence of traumatic injures (bruises and fractures) in broilers channels. A prospective study of lesions present in channels of 622 sets (n=248,800 birds) processed in a commercial slaughterhouse was carried out during the months of June, July and August 2011 according to the sanitary inspection criteria. The mortality rate was 2.54 %. Lesions were found in 11.8 % (29.335/248.800) of channels inspected. Generalized bruises (32 %), drowned birds (21.6 %) and bruises on the tips of the wings were the most common injures. The results indicate failure in the handling practices related to animal welfare in pre-slaughter, being necessary to develop research to know their economic impact, as well as training of personnel involved in the process.

Keywords : animal welfare; fractures; bruises; injures; slaughter.

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