Veal calves that are stunned with either penetrating or non-penetrating captive bolt can be scored using the cattle audit forms. The minimum acceptable standards are:
Dragging of sensible calves is not permitted at any time. Falls that occur if a calf is weak should be counted. Veal producers who bring in weak calves need to modify their feeding or production practices.
For more information, refer to the American Meat Institute's Good Management Practices for Animal Handling and Stunning.
Sheep or lamb stunned with a captive bolt can be evaluated with the same criteria for cattle stunning and insensibility. The minimum acceptable standards are:
If the sheep or lambs are stunned with electricity, the pig audit forms can be used. The minimum acceptable standards are:
Dragging of sensible animals is not permitted. Poking sheep in sensitive areas is not permitted at any time. Electric prods work poorly on sheep due to the insulating qualities of wool. People auditing sheep and lambs must make sure prods are kept away from sensitive parts of the animal such as the rectum or udder. Sheep must never be picked up by the wool because it is painful and serious bruises will result. If dogs are used to move sheep, they must not bite the sheep. The use of dogs should be discouraged at a slaughter plant.
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