This paper discusses the responsibilities, potential threats and opportunities that are a consequence of the consolidation of the primary turkey breeding companies. The merging of the genetic stocks within a small number of individual companies increases the responsibilities of these breeders in the areas of disease risk management, maintenance of supply and genetic diversity of breeding stock and determining appropriate breeding goals. In determining appropriate breeding objectives, due consideration must be given to the value of animal welfare within a production system. The international nature of the turkey parent-stock and turkey meat export industries means the use of systems such as ISO9001 and HACCP are becoming more important in gaining access to markets as well as managing risk and quality maintenance.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume , , 07.09, 2006
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