The Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing group has developed the first independent training and audit program for agricultural producers and processors. The program was designed to give producers and processors a way to affirm compliance with internal animal welfare standards, and standards set by outside organizations within their own operations, explains FACTA’s chief executive officer and chief scientific officer, John McGlone.

FACTA offers science-based training and auditing services, performed by professionals who are educated and experienced in the species of farm animals that they audit. FACTA’s audit reports collect objective data for benchmarking purposes, rather than using a pass/fail system. The benchmark data can then be used by the producer to determine if each set of guidelines is being met. All audits will be confidential and will not be released to any outside entity without consent of the audited company.

Current and developing farm animal welfare guidelines are being issued by farm animal commodity representatives and food retailers like Food Marketing Institute and National Council of Chain Restaurants. "Many producers and processors are struggling with the new guidelines, which continue to evolve as the industry associations, FMI and NCCR continue to make refinements," says McGlone. "FACTA offers these companies — and FMI and NCCR members — objective and science-based reports that they can use in concert with suppliers to determine compliance with animal welfare guidelines."

Farm Animal Care Training and Auditing