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Thursday, May 26 • 10:30 - 11:30
Implementing best practice solutions for complex farm animal welfare challenges

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Some animal welfare problems, such as lameness in dairy cattle, tail biting in pigs and injurious pecking in hens, exist of farms due to a complex mix of management and husbandry factors. These issues present a) technical challenges in the form of how to best solve the difficulty and b) motivational challenges in making this happen. Initial research projects working on these challenges focussed on the technical aspects and produced husbandry advisory tools that aimed to quantify the relative risk and therefore priority for each potential intervention. Whilst technically valid, these approaches that relied upon a top-down knowledge transfer approach, had minimal impact on existing practice. Subsequent projects (including the Healthy Feet Project) explored techniques such as facilitation and social marketing to stimulate change. In addition to smarter communication techniques some issues can be resolved by introducing market-place (or even legislation) requirements. Examples of the later include risk factors for injurious pecking that have been introduced into certification scheme requirements

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Professor David Main

Professor of Animal Welfare, University of Bristol
David Main is a Head of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group and Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol Veterinary School. His research interests include welfare assessment, intervention strategies to improve welfare and animal welfare education in farm and companion... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:30 - 11:30 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre