The objective of this document is to clearly set out Liffey Meats recognition that animal welfare is of utmost importance to our business and stakeholders.
We work with many beef farmers across Ireland to source superior quality beef for our customer base. Animal welfare standards on our supplying farms is both essential an integral, to produce an end product efficiently and to a very high quality, therefore benefitting everyone in the supply chain.
This Welfare Policies reflect our minimum requirements, which we strive to exceed wherever possible. We expect all our Suppliers and business partners to adhere to these standards, which form part of our contractual relationships.
Liffey Meats are committed to maintaining the highest of welfare standards and we and our producers shall adhere to the ‘Five Freedom’ concepts
All farms should follow the 5 freedoms concept that underpins animal welfare practices at farm level:
Beyond these foundational requirements, Liffey Meats also believe that all animals within our supply chain should experience positive emotional health reflected as a minimum as a life worth living.
At Liffey Meats we are committed to compliance with all relevant legislation, and we support and promote the animal welfare policies of all our customers. We will regularly review this policy in line with legislation changes, codes of practices, research and development advancements and needs of customers and stakeholders.
This policy is managed and implemented by the Liffey Meats Animal welfare officer and team. Progress on animal welfare is continued reviewed against the company Animal Welfare objectives.
Suppliers must declare if these have been used in cattle presented for slaughter.
Calves must be disbudded before 8 weeks of age (unless completely raised horned, or naturally polled).
Dehorning must only take place where the horn is growing in such a way that is injurious to the animal.
If disbudded or dehorned, we recommend animals should receive both local anaesthesia and longer-term pain relief.
Castration: If animals are to be castrated, the recommendation is this should be done before 8 weeks of age. We recommend animals should receive both local anaesthesia and longer-term pain relief.
Identification: Cattle must not be hot branded or identified using dewlap tags.
Tail docking: Tail docking is not permitted for any cattle in line with EU legislation
Close Confinement: Tethering is not permitted on farm.
Environmentally Enrichment: We recommend that all cattle must have had, access to outside grazing.
Animal Welfare Officer: The Animal Welfare Officer on site at abattoirs must hold a current certificate of competence EC 1099/2009
All personnel: All personnel involved in live animal handling and management at the abattoir must have received training from the certified Animal Welfare Officer.
Producer requirements and Policies are communicated to our farmers via several methods. These include regular communication with procurement, text message service, events, & social media.
We endeavour to provide information to our supply base that is beneficial for decision making on farm and that ultimately leads to continuous improvement on farm that benefits animal welfare as well as farm profitability therefore ensuring continued production for the future.
Francis Mallon – CEO
Anthony Lyons – Animal Welfare Officer