Chicks also travel in 1st class

November 2022

In keeping with its principles, M.A.C. does not advertise to companies in the poultry sector, but takes it upon itself to publicise their activities with the aim of remaining a third party entity that discloses the facts as they are, while at the same time declaring that its position is to act as a moderator between the poultry sector and those who oppose it.
This article should be read by all those who think that protected farms are lagers.
On 24 November 2022, 36.000 day-old breeding chicks were delivered in Bangladesh. The chicks were hatched in a hatchery in Denmark and shipped from Copenhagen Airport with Qatar Airways Cargo via Doha. It should be emphasised that these types of shipments, involving farms, hatcheries, transporters and airlines, are designed to provide the world with a healthy and affordable source of protein.

This new trade route reinforces a global supply plan that the industry’s leading companies are committed to developing and securing to provide a positive response to the growing concern over avian influenza (which technicians abbreviate to AI) and other current and future unforeseen threats to the supply chain. Companies are constantly striving to strengthen security of supply, which is essential to feed the world and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Zero Hunger and Good Health and Welfare.
Behind this event there have been complex agreements and plans to prepare, analyse, organise and train people to ensure the best possible welfare conditions for the transported day-old chicks, which are guaranteed not only excellent biosecurity conditions, but also a controlled temperature from the hatchery to the plane where they will remain safe and warm, even during the winter months.

Copenhagen, following the success of this operation, which required a great deal of preparation behind the scenes, has become a new trade route for transporting chicks to locations all over the world. In order to get the best care for the chicks and to fulfil the delicate task of food support especially where this is constantly critical, such as in Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines, the cooperation of all parties involved in the supply chain, including logistics, was required before the first ‘first class’ flight of those chicks could take place, to ensure that the welfare of the chicks was guaranteed at every stage of the journey.

The people and organisations that co-operated (24 hours a day across multiple time zones) were: the Danish Department of Agriculture, DSV Global Transport and Logistics (Danish freight forwarding company), Copenhagen airport authorities, the hatchery owner company, export services, veterinary services and hatchery teams, World Flight Services (WFS) a global air cargo logistics company, Menzies Ground Handlers, Qatar Airways’ cargo operations team.
All the people who made these shipments a success paved the way for a new trade route that will help ensure the supply of breeding animals to producers around the world.
If those running protected breeding farms were unconcerned about animal welfare and did not care about providing safe, secure and affordable food for the world… would they do all this?


The editorial staff of M.A.C.