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ANIMAL WELFARE VISION, MISION AND POLICY STATEMENT

OUR VISION

Africa’s leading poultry company that produces the chicken of choice through the highest possible international chicken welfare standards.

OUR MISSION

To meet and exceed industry and customer expectations on animal welfare while fully implementing our integrated animal welfare program in both our direct and indirect operations, in total compliance with national and international legislations, industry standards and guidelines.

OUR POLICY

Kenchic Limited identifies the following welfare risks and commits to the highlighted mitigation strategies as per the Farm Animals Responsible Minimum Standards’ (FARMS):           

Welfare Risk 1

High stocking densities in groups increasing the potential for disease transmission and injurious contact with others.

Mitigation 1

Our breeder broilers are provided with space allowance of 5 birds/m2 at point lay while our breeder layers are provided with a space allowance of 6 birds/m2 at point of lay

Our commercial broilers on the other hand have a space allowance of 15birds/m2 (20kg/m2) for our open-sided houses and we are committed to a stocking density of 30kg/m2 by 2030 in our environmentally controlled units.

These prevent excessive temperatures and humidity, competition, stress, aggression, and abnormal behaviour; and enable good litter management.

Thinning is not practised, and no cages or multi-tiered systems are used for either broilers, broiler breeders or layer breeders.

 

Welfare Risk 2

Barren/unchanging environments leading to behavioural problems.

Mitigation 2

We provide environmental enrichment including perches, provided at 2 meters of usable perch space per 1,000 birds, and nest boxes for our breeder chicken and perches in all our inhouse and contracted broiler farms to stimulate positive emotional states.

We commit to continuously improve our enrichment options by introducing pecking objects in all our operations before the end 2021.

Our chicken are provided with natural light for a period of at least 8 hours, with at least 6 hours of continuous darkness per 24-hour period.

In addition, the concentration of ammonia (NH3) is restricted to below 20 ppm and the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) kept under 3000 ppm measured at the level of the chickens’ heads.

 

Welfare Risk 3

Feeding diets that do not satisfy hunger

Mitigation 3

Our chicken are fed a wholesome and nutritious diet as per breed guidelines and our feed is continuously monitored to ensure it meets these requirements. We provide our chicken with potable water that is tested weekly

The number of drinkers and feeders are sufficient and exceed breed and international guidelines: 60 birds/drinker and 15cm/bird for feeds for our breeder females; 20cm of feeder space/bird at production for males. Our broilers operate at 80 birds/bell drinker, 12-15 birds/nipple drinker and 50-65 birds/feeder for our commercial broilers.

 

Welfare Risk 4

Injurious husbandry procedures that cause pain

Mitigation 4

 Our breeder layers undergo infrared beak trimming at Day Old which lessens the pain and discomfort associated with other procedures.

All floors in our poultry units are non-slip and are covered with 4-6cm depth of litter in the breeders and 5-11cm for our commercial broilers. This is continuously turned to maintain dryness and friability

 

 

Welfare Risk 5

Breeding for production traits that heighten anatomical or metabolic

Disorders

Mitigation 5

 The breeds kept in our operations have been proven to suit the tropical environment. In addition, the company is continuously looking to bring in slower growing breeds and other breeds that demonstrate higher welfare outcomes. Kenchic already keeps Hubbard’s JA57 and Redbro breed of chicken

 

Welfare Risk 6

Compliance and Transparency

Mitigation 6

 Kenchic commits to third-party auditing by partners such as international restaurant chains, and to annual public non-financial reporting on animal welfare progress to demonstrate compliance with the listed standards. We are working with international animal welfare organizations to improve animal welfare in Kenya.

 

 

 

KENCHIC ANIMAL WELFARE STATEMENTS

In addition to these Responsible Minimum Standards, Kenchic has embedded the following core principles and values throughout our “farm to fork” philosophy:

Flock health

Each of our poultry units has an isolation pen for isolating sick and injured birds for treatment.

At Kenchic, we have culling protocols in our health plans and farm procedures to reduce the suffering of birds that are too sick or maimed.

All our staff are trained to recognize signs of disease and injury

Our veterinarians are on stand-by to address veterinary issues on the farm within 12 hours.

 

Personnel

The birds are taken care of by a competent team of farm staff led by animal health-trained farm managers.

Farm personnel undergo routine trainings on husbandry practices such as brooding, biosecurity, hygiene with refresher sessions carried out 3 months later.

 

Transport

The time our parent chicks and our meat chicken spend between the airport to the farms and farms to the processing plant respectively does not exceed 4 hours to minimize suffering.

 

Slaughter

All meat chicken at the processing plant are handled in the least distressing and most pain-free manner possible by trained and competent staff and are electrically stunned without live inversion before slaughter

 

 

Antibiotic Usage

There is an existing Antimicrobial usage policy that provides guidance on the use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial products.

We will always produce chicken that is free from antibiotic residues and our in-house laboratory carries our regular product surveillance to ensure we keep this promise.

We do not apply antibiotics for prophylactic use and prescription only medicines are only used after diagnosis and prescription by our veterinarians.

 

This policy shall be reviewed annually.