ANIMAL WELFARE OF OPAS PRODUCTION CHAIN
Considering that all the breeding farms shall be subject to the compliance with the legislation in force, OPAS has decided to distinguish itself by imposing regulations that may be stricter than the very same legislation in force on the farmers involved in the supply chain. In fact, it is necessary to guarantee that all the participants of the supply chain are properly trained in the specific procedure.
A significant element that has to be fulfilled for maintaining a good sanitary level is the high biosecurity and hygiene standard inside and outside the company. To this purpose, the point to take into consideration is the adoption of all the strategies to protect the breeding farm and therefore the pigs from the infections that come from the outside and, at the same time, to control the circulation of pathogens that are in the very same facility. It is necessary to guarantee that all the players of the production chain are adequately trained as regards to the specific procedure.
RESPONSIBLE USE OF THE MEDICINES
The use of antimicrobial medicines remain, for the veterinarian, a fundamental element for the care and welfare of the animals. However, their use shall not be independent from the context concerning the phenomena of resistance, cause of reduction in the effectiveness of medicines. This necessarily avoids the abuse of them and leads to their responsible use. To support this aspect, an intense training activity is carried out for all the staff members involved in the breeding farms.
The farmers are trained in the correct management of the procedures and of good management practices in the breeding farms. The carriers are provided with authorization/certificates required by the reference legislation. In addition, they are trained by the Manager of the Animal Welfare Protection as regards to the important aspects of the management of pigs, from the loading at the breading farm, transport up to the unloading, through specific operative instruction.
The production chain breeding farms’ managers are in charge of checking the compliance with the legislative requirements and of the procedures and/or specifications of the animal welfare at the breeding farm.
The Animal Welfare Protection manager has the task of verifying the compliance with the legislative requirements and procedures and/or company specifications about animal welfare. The staff members of the concerned organizations, who may influence OPAS “Animal Welfare and responsible use of the medicine on the livestock” Controlled Production Chain, are adequately trained, made aware and involved in order to guarantee a correct implementation of the very same production chain. The staff members are aware of the importance of their own function and of the consequences of their behaviour.