Smolders, Gidi (2009) Improving animal welfare by assessing college’s farms. 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. 28-30.
Health and welfare is a major topic in the Netherlands in both organic and non-organic dairy farming. This report highlights issues arising from welfare assessments conducted on Dutch farms producing milk for Ben and Jerry’s (B&J) ice cream. The Netherlands is the base for the European market for B&J ice-cream. Four years ago 11 farms were asked to produce milk for B&J. High human and animal welfare was a pre-condition. In order to evaluate the animal welfare on those farms, cows were assessed at the end of the housing season and at the end of the grazing season. At a plenary meeting the farmers discussed the results and the possible improvements on their farms. Since the farmers had a desire to control things on their own farms, they wanted to assess their own farms and animals. In a number of sessions a checklist was developed by the group of farmers and tested. This so-called ‘caring dairy’ checklist is now used in all kinds of farmers groups, conventional and organic, with farmers assess each others cows and farms. A 5 hour workshop at a host farm at the beginning of the process includes a theoretical and practical part and at least a proposal from the host farmer with three points to improve. The following assessments of colleagues take 3 hours per farm, which also results in proposals to improve.
|EPrint Type:||Report chapter|
|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
|Deposited By:||Holme, Ms. Mette|
|Deposited On:||29 Jul 2009|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2010 07:39|
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