Externally funded project

Evaluation des Welfare Quality®-Beurteilungssystems auf Bullenmastbetrieben


Project Details
Project duration: 20072009


Abstract


For intensive beef fattening, numerous welfare concerns based on current practices regarding housing, feeding and management have been described. It is the aim of this project to assess the suitability and efficacy of a welfare assessment system that may provide easily understandable product information as well as help for the farmers to improve the welfare status on their beef farms. For this purpose, perceptions and attitudes towards the Welfare Quality® assessment system of in total 90 beef farmers in Italy, Austria and Germany were studied using interviews. 63 out of these farms were subjected to a pre-, interim- and post- Welfare Quality® assessment. The contribution of the system to welfare improvement was investigated using different levels of feedback of information (i.e. control, written report of the results of the first assessment, results and additional advice). The feasibility of the tool and consistency of assessments over time was also evaluated.



Sponsored by: European Commision, 6th Framework Programme



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