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New projects funded to improve animal health and welfare

11 new research projects to improve animal health and welfare have been funded as part of the 3rd joint funding call for the Animal Health and Welfare ERA-Net (ANIHWA) programme. Of these 11 projects, three worth a total of £826k are funded by BBSRC. ANIHWA is a European programme consisting of partner organisations from 19 different European countries, including Israel. The...
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UK Animal Welfare Research Network to foster the best in animal welfare research

BBSRC has pledged over £100,000 to establish a network that will foster collaboration within the UK animal welfare research community. The network will be headed by one of the UK’s leading experts on animal behaviour, Professor Mike Mendl from the University of Bristol. Ensuring high standards of welfare for managed animals such as livestock and domestic animals is high on the agenda for...
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2nd DairyCare Conference, 3-4 March 2015 in Cordoba, Spain

The 2nd conference of the DairyCare COST Action will take place in Cordoba, Spain on March 3rd and 4th 2015. DairyCare is focused on dairy animal health and welfare and membership open to anyone with a genuine interest in welfare research that is relevant to dairy animals.   The Conference's aims to: To define current and future state of art in...
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Invitation to join the Animal Welfare Research Network

In 2014 an Animal Welfare Working Group was formed to review BBSRC-funded animal welfare research. The Animal Welfare Working Group identified the animal welfare community as small and specialised but split into silos such as observational, disease and behavioural research, which may not encourage multidisciplinary collaborations across a broad range of scientific expertise. To foster...
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Call for research to improve the welfare of managed animals

BBSRC is committed to ensuring high standards of welfare for all managed animals, and is seeking responsive mode applications under its welfare of managed animals priority. The aim of the programme is to encourage fundamental research that looks to understand and promote the welfare of managed animals in the UK, including farmed, laboratory and companion animals. Research under this...
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Keel bone damage in commercial laying hens

Keel bone damage in egg-laying hens is a major animal welfare and farm productivity issue. It afflicts more than half of birds in commercial facilities according to recent published figures. Although the frequency of damage will vary with a host of factors (including housing conditions, nutrition, breed and age) keel bone damage occurs worldwide affecting billions of hens. Despite its...
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New vaccines that can prevent metritis in cattle

Scientists at Cornell University have reported the development of the first vaccines that can prevent metritis, a common cattle disease.  Metritis is a bacterial infection of the uterus which is estimated to affect around 25% of dairy cattle in the US. The researchers developed five candidate vaccines, three of which were tested via subcutaneous injection and two...
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Improving the health and well-being of dairy cows

A three year BBSRC-supported  Knowledge Transfer Partnership  (KTP) between the University of Liverpool's Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease and Tesco Plc has resulted in the improvement of the health, welfare, and long-term productivity of dairy calves, through the development of a novel rearing strategy. For KTP Associate Gemma Curtis, the attraction to the scheme was...
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Cows are smarter when raised in pairs

Cows learn better when housed together, which may help them adjust faster to complex new feeding and milking technologies on the modern farm, a new University of British Columbia study finds. The research, published today in  PLOS ONE , shows dairy calves become better at learning when a “buddy system” is in place. The study also provides the first evidence that the standard...
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New project hopes to tackle problem of aggression in pigs

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has awarded funding of £580,000 to a research team at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) for research into ways to reduce pig aggression. Aggression between pigs, particularly when they are mixed in unfamiliar groups, is a serious welfare problem and also has a significant production cost in terms of reduced growth rates. ...
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New EU project aims to reduce tail biting and docking in pigs

Scientists from eight countries are starting a research project on how to prevent one of the major behavioural problems on commercial pig farms: tail biting. The aim of the collaboration is to yield new knowledge which will help to remove the need for tail docking, the currently widespread preventive practice of cutting off part of the tails of young piglets.. Why do pigs’ tails get...
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IKEA ball pit inspires environment enrichment device for pigs

For welfare reasons European legislation rules that sows and gilts should have permanent access to rooting material, and finisher pigs should have permanent access to rooting and playing material. However, pigs are both intelligent and destructive creatures, so the provision of environmental enrichment that fully satisfies their behavioural needs is necessarily not easy or cheap.  A...
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New project aims to end tail docking in pigs

A project which aims to end tail docking of pigs was launched this month. A group of seven European research institutions, including Scotland’s Rural College and Newcastle University, have been awarded €2.5M for their collaborative project ‘FareWellDock’. They hope that by decreasing tail biting risk through environmental enrichment and developing better early warning tools of impending...
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New study concludes there is no concrete evidence that fish feel pain in same way as humans

Fish do not feel pain the way humans do. That is the conclusion drawn by an international team of researchers consisting of neurobiologists, behavioural ecologists and fishery scientists. Following a  revised Animal Protection Act in Germany , the question of whether or not fish are really able to feel pain or suffer in human terms is once again on the agenda. A definitive...
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Livestock and poultry heat stress app could help improve animal welfare

The University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) , have jointly developed a new free app available from Google Play or Blackberry Marketplace that helps stockmen calculate the level of heat stress experienced by livestock. According to the OMAFRA website, the App allows producers to calculate the heat stress index on...
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FAWC consultation on the welfare of animals in the beef industry

In April 2013 the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) began an 18 month study considering issues relating to animals in the beef industry, including male calves and veal, leading to an Opinion (a short report). The work is being carried out by FAWC’s Ruminants Standing Committee, chaired by Huw Davies. FAWC is an expert committee providing advice to the Department for Environment,...
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