Modular loading systems have substantial animal welfare benefits at the processing plant. In most cases, modular loading systems are coupled with Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) or gas stunning at the processing plant.
Significant processor investment will be required to transition to CAS, however the benefits are substantial. The use of modular systems has in-plant advantages both in labour-savings (manual unloading and loading of crates will be eliminated) and worker health and safety (wing flapping, noise and dust will be greatly reduced).
In addition to Farm Fresh, a number of Ontario processors have begun the discovery phase of their modular loading journeys with plans to implement in the next few years.
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