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Monday, May 23 • 14:30 - 15:30
Welfare quality and AWIN welfare assessment protocols for ruminants

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Welfare assessment requires a multidimensional approach corresponding to a multi-criteria evaluation. To develop a practical tool that delivers an overall view of welfare, different specific indicators need to be integrated into an assessment protocol. In 2009 the Welfare Quality project re-elaborated the concept of the traditional “Five Freedoms” and defined four main areas of concern (“Welfare Principles”) – Good feeding; Good housing; Good health; Appropriate behaviour expression – which were then split into twelve criteria each of which corresponded to a key welfare dimension. Criteria should be independent of each other and form an exhaustive, but minimal list. Two large European projects have recently studied and integrated welfare indicators to produce assessment protocols for most production animal species. The Welfare Quality (2009) project addressed both dairy and beef cattle and the AWIN project produced protocols for sheep and goats (2015). In this paper we will present the different protocols and discuss the applicability and constrains encountered when applying them

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Professor George Stilwell

Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medicine Faculty - Lisbon University
George Stilwell took his degree in 1986 in Lisbon University. He worked as a practitioner for 15 years before joining the university where he now lectures farm animal clinics. George PhD studies were on pain management in cattle. He is a Diplomate by the European College in Bovine... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 14:30 - 15:30 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre