Cargill Beef has implemented a third-party video-auditing system that will operate 24 hours a day at its U.S. beef harvesting plants, the company announced this week. The goal, Cargill says, is to enhance the company’s animal welfare protection systems. All of Cargill’s U.S. plants are expected to have the program in place by the end of 2009.

The program is designed to help plant operators teach and monitor performance in animal handling. It was designed by Arrowsight, a Web-based applications service provider that also will be managing the program. Cargill also has created a humane animal-handling training and certification program for employees.

Cargill Beef is headquartered in Wichita and operates five processing plants across the United States and Canada, including one in Dodge City.

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