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Monday, May 23 • 16:00 - 17:00
Animal welfare and profitable farming

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Increasingly, consumers expect animal welfare to be part of the core of farm animal production and will avoid products which they view as not fulfilling minimum conditions. Examples of this pressure and of consumers withdrawing their support for certain types of production are available worldwide. So, farming counter to public concern is nowadays unsustainable. However, assessing and ratifying welfare has shown to be not only essential in these certification schemes for consumers and in legislation enforcement, but also a useful tool in clinical, management and economical decision making. Measurement is a fundamental component of management and supervision. It is obvious that animals with poor welfare have suboptimal performances or demand artificial ways of maintaining health and production (e.g. antimicrobials). By assessing welfare through a well built and comprehensive protocol, it is possible to early identify sub-clinical disease, health risk factors and reasons for low yield, reduced growth or high mortality. It is also an excellent way to discern and monitor disease prevalence, such as lameness. In this paper we will present examples of good welfare as a way to guarantee animal health and farm profit

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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 16:00 - 17:00 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre