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Comparison of animal welfare on conventional and organic dairy farms

Hörning, Bernhard (2000) Comparison of animal welfare on conventional and organic dairy farms. In: Proceedings of the 13th international IFOAM-Conference, vdf Hochschulverlag, Zürich, p. 335.

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Summary

Introduction:
During the last years, concern has increased concerning animal welfare at the farm level. The Associations of Organic Agriculture have elaborated minimum requirements regarding animal welfare. The aim of the study was to compare the welfare status on conventional and organic dairy farms.
Conclusions:
Concerning sample used (straw based loose housing systems), organic farms on average showed a better welfare status than conventional farms. This has also been demonstrated in other studies (for a review see Hörning, 1998). Mean points achieved in single criteria show deficiencies and therefore potential for improvements. The respective scoring systems seem to be suitable for an on-farm assessment of housing conditions and thus to de-monstrate the preconditions for animal welfare as an indirect measure. A more direct assessment of welfare should include more animal health parameters like injuries or diseases.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:monitoring dairy animal welfare, scoring systems, loose housing
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Farm Animal Behaviour and Husbandry
Deposited By: Hörning, Dr. habil. Bernhard
ID Code:1200
Deposited On:29 Sep 2003
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:28
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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