A survey of commercial slaughterhouses
preliminary data on the prevalence of pre-slaughter defects in market cows
Keywords:beef cattle, dairy cattle, animal welfare, cull cow health, survey, international
Beef and dairy cull cow health and welfare are important to ensuring safe, quality food. This survey serves as a global benchmark for assessing cull cow health and welfare at the time of slaughter. The objectives of the survey were to: 1) describe the distribution of 10 pre-determined health and/ or welfare conditions, and 2) describe the distribution of the conditions within and among different areas of the world.