Welfare enhancements for cattle - share your experiences
Published on 12 May 2021
Author: Hannah Baldwin
Are you a dairy or beef farmer achieving good animal welfare? If the answer is yes, then we want to hear from you!
We are looking for farmers to take part in a Defra-funded research project to inform the development of a future voluntary scheme to financially support farmers in delivering good animal welfare.
We would like to speak to farmers that have welfare enhancements in place, are achieving good animal welfare and/or are part of a higher welfare or organic farm assurance scheme. In particular, we are looking for farmers who are doing or have achieved any of the below:
- Achieving low levels of lameness
- Achieving low levels of mastitis
- Achieving good body conditions scores (low levels of thin cows)
- Providing their animals with access to pasture during the grazing period (150 days or more depending on geographical area)
- Providing their animals with access to pasture during the grazing period (180 days or more depending on geographical area)
- Rearing horned (non-disbudded) and/or polled breeds
- Rearing non-castrated cattle
- Using nurse cows to foster calves / multi-suckling systems
We're also looking for the views of poultry, pig, and sheep farmers.
What is involved?
Project participants will need to fill out an online survey about their farming system and welfare enhancements. Once the survey is complete, a follow-up call will be arranged with a researcher to discuss the costs and welfare benefits in more detail.
Farmers will be paid £100 for taking part to compensate for their time.
Farmers will need to provide welfare, performance and cost records and be willing to discuss their experience of implementing higher welfare enhancements.
If you or someone you know is achieving one or more of the above welfare enhancements, then please contact Hannah Baldwin. Email: email@example.com or call 07785 708545.
All data collected will remain strictly confidential and any farms that take part will not be identifiable in the results.
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