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Results of the CoreOrganic-Workshop on animal based parameters in Trenthorst, Germany (04.02.08-08.02.2008)

March, Solveig; Gratzer, Lisi; Brinkmann, Jan and Winkler, Christoph (2009) Results of the CoreOrganic-Workshop on animal based parameters in Trenthorst, Germany (04.02.08-08.02.2008). In: Vaarst, Mette and Roderick, Stephen (Eds.) CORE Organic project nr: 1903 - Aniplan. Workshop report - The process of researching animal health and welfare planning. CORE Organic Project Series, no. 1903-2. Aarhus Universitet - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Departement of Animal Health and Bioscience, pp. 7-9.

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Summary

It was the aim of this meeting to train the assessors of several CoreOrganic-Partners (i.e. Austria, Germany, Denmark and Norway) with regard to the methods which are going to be applied in the course of the project on-farm assessments. Training involved animal-based parameters, a resource checklist and a management questionnaire.
After a theoretical and practical introduction, inter-observer reliability (IOR) of the main animal-based parameters was tested. This included gait scoring/lameness, body condition, cleanliness and integument alterations. The scoring systems for gait scoring, cleanliness and integument alterations had been adapted from the WelfareQuality® protocol; body condition was scored according to Metzner et al. (1993).
Subjective scoring systems which are used in many epidemiological studies have the advantage that they do not require any equipment but - due to the subjectivity of the assessment - it is necessary to achieve acceptable inter-observer reliability (IOR) before and after the study to ensure valid data.


EPrint Type:Report chapter
Keywords:aniplan
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Breeding and genetics
Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > ANIPLAN
Denmark > ICROFS - International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems
Related Links:http://aniplan.coreportal.org/gfx/ANIPLAN-proceedings-2-Norway.pdf
Deposited By: Holme, Ms. Mette
ID Code:15915
Deposited On:29 Jul 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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