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Should animal welfare regulations be more restrictive? A case study in eight European Union Countries
Increasingly, intensive livestock production systems have increased societal concern regarding the current animal welfare standards. We investigated whether individuals in their roles as consumers and citizens believe ...
The effects of environmental enrichment on the physiology, behaviour, productivity and meat quality of pigs raised in a hot climate
European Union (EU) legislation states that the routine tail docking of pigs should not be carried out and that manipulable materials should be made available to all pigs to prevent tail biting and allow them to behave ...
Housing and road transport modify the brain neurotransmitter systems of pigs: Do pigs raised in different conditions cope differently with unknown environments?
(PLoS ONE, 2019-01-16)
How housing and transport conditions may affect welfare in porcine production is a leading topic in livestock research. This study investigated whether pigs present a different neurological response to management conditions ...
Structural characteristics of organic dairy farms in four European countries and their association with the implementation of animal health plans
(Agricultural Systems, 2019-03-16)
The aim of the present study was to classify the diversity of organic dairy farms in four European countries according to their structural characteristics and investigate the association of these farm types with ...
How target‑orientated is the use of homeopathy in dairy farming?—A survey in France, Germany and Spain
(Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 2019-07-12)
Background: Veterinary remedies are intended to support animals in their recovery from diseases. Treatment outcome depends not only on the general effectiveness of the remedies themselves, but also on other prerequisites. ...
Are Tail and Ear Movements Indicators of Emotions in Tail-Docked Pigs in Response to Environmental Enrichment?
The inclusion of emotional indicators in farm monitoring methods can improve welfare assessments. Studies in controlled conditions have suggested that increased tail movement is an indicator of positive emotions in pigs, ...
To what extent is climate change adaptation a novel challenge for agricultural modellers?
(Environmental Modelling & Software, 2019-07-29)
Modelling is key to adapting agriculture to climate change (CC), facilitating evaluation of the impacts and eﬃcacy of adaptation measures, and the design of optimal strategies. Although there are many challenges to modelling ...
How far are we from providing pigs appropriate environmental enrichment?
Slaughter of animals: poultry
(EFSA Journal, 2019-11-13)
The killing of poultry for human consumption (slaughtering) can take place in a slaughterhouse or during on‐farm slaughter. The processes of slaughtering that were assessed, from the arrival of birds in containers until ...
Farm-specific failure costs of production disorders in European organic dairy herds
(Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2019-04-04)
On-farm decision support in animal health management requires a tailor-made failure costs (FCs) assessment of production disorders for the individual farm. In our study we defined a generic framework to estimate the FC ...