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Development of animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy farming in Europe

Vaarst, M.; Leeb, C.; Nicholas, P.; Roderick, S.; Smoulders, G.; Walkenhorst, M.; Brinkman, J.; March, S.; Ströger, E.; Gratzer, E.; Winckler, C.; Lund, V.; Henriksen, B.I.F.; Hansen, B.; Neale, M. and Whistance, L.K. (2008) Development of animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy farming in Europe. In: Neuhoff, Daniel et al. (Ed.) Cultivating the Future Based on Science, 2, pp. 40-43.

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Good animal health and welfare is an explicit goal of organic livestock farming, and will need continuous development and adjustment on the farms. Furthermore, the very different conditions in different regions of Europe calls for models that can be integrated into local practice and be relevant for each type of farming context. A European project with participants from seven countries have been established with the aim of developing principles for animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy farming, based on a process where knowledge about the status within a given herd will be included as background for taking decisions and planning future improvements.
An important part of the planning process is communication with other farmers as well as animal health and welfare professionals (veterinarians and advisors). Other principles such as systematic evaluation of how the improvements work in the farm ensure the continuity of the planning process. This presentation gives an overview
over the current animal health and welfare planning initiatives in the participating countries and lines up the principles which are being gradually implemented in partner
countries in collaboration with groups of organic farmers and organisations.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > ANIPLAN
Denmark > ICROFS - International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems
International Conferences > 2008: IFOAM OWC: Research Track / ISOFAR
Deposited By: Holme, Ms. Mette
ID Code:13729
Deposited On:30 Jul 2008
Last Modified:03 Jul 2012 12:28
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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