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Animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy cattle farms

Vaarst, Mette; Winckler, Christoph; Roderick, Stephen; Smolders, Gidi; Ivemeyer, Silvia; Brinkmann, Jan; Mejdell, Cecilie; Whistance, Lindsay; Nicholas, Pip; Walkenhorst, Michael; Leeb, Christine; March, Solveig; Henriksen, Britt I. F.; Stöger, Elisabeth; Gratzer, Elisabeth; Hansen, Berit and Huber, Johann (2011) Animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy cattle farms. Open Veterinary Science Journal, 5, pp. 19-25.

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Summary

Continuous development is needed within the farm to reach the goal of good animal health and welfare in organic livestock farming. The very different conditions between countries call for models that are relevant for different farming types and can be integrated into local practice and be relevant for each type of farming context. This article reviews frameworks, principles and practices for animal health and welfare planning which are relevant for organic livestock farming. This review is based on preliminary analyses carried out within a European project (acronym ANIPLAN) with participants from seven countries. The process begins with gathering knowledge about the current status within a given herd as background for making decisions and planning future improvements as well as evaluating already implemented improvements. Respectful communication between the owner of the herd and other farmers as well as animal health and welfare professionals (veterinarians and advisors) is paramount. This paper provides an overview of some current animal health and welfare planning initiatives and explains the principles of animal health and welfare planning which are being implemented in ANIPLAN partner countries, in collaboration with groups of organic farmers and organisations.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic dairy farming, animal health and welfare planning, minimising medicine use, farmer groups, advisory servic, Tiergesundheit, ANIPLAN
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > ANIPLAN
Austria > Univ. BOKU Wien
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Health
Austria > FiBL Austria
Germany > University of Göttingen
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Ecological Agriculture
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth
UK > Duchy College
Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR
ISSN:1874 3188
Deposited By: Vaarst, Mette
ID Code:19397
Deposited On:16 Sep 2011 07:35
Last Modified:26 Mar 2012 21:15
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:Accepted for publication in Special Issue: Guest Editor Jacques Cabaret: Animal Organic Farming meets pathology, April 2010

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