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Application of welfare assessment to commercial livestock production

By D. C. J. Main

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Farm assurance schemes are an inevitable and essential part of the UK livestock industries as they provide valuable assurances to the market over food safety, nonhuman animal welfare, and environmental concerns. However, there is potential for welfare assessment within such schemes to extend beyond existing resource-based parameters to include outcome-based observations of the behavior and physical condition of the animal. This may be associated with direct benefits for producers (useful management information), consumers (improved welfare assurance), industry (maintain UK competitive position), and regulators (maximize compliance with legislation). The University of Bristol has previously produced protocols to assist with this process ( An industry-funded project explores mechanisms for adding value to farm assurance schemes by inclusion of on-farm evaluation of health and welfare outcomes. This project is examining the feasibility and benefits of including some on-farm observations of health and welfare outcomes.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 97-104
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700902719658
Language English
Author Address Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU,
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  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Animal production
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. British Isles
  6. Commonwealth of Nations
  7. Consumers
  8. Developed countries
  9. Europe
  10. Evaluation
  11. Feasibility
  12. Food safety
  13. Food services
  14. Great Britain
  15. Health
  16. Laws and regulations
  17. Legislation
  18. Livestock
  19. Livestock farming
  20. OECD countries
  21. peer-reviewed
  22. safety
  23. United Kingdom
  1. peer-reviewed