Welfare outcomes assessment in dairy farm assurance schemes

D. C. J. Main*, I. Rogerson, M. C. Crawley, J. Avizenius, A. Fraser, S. Mullan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Farm assurance schemes have an important role in ensuring the welfare of dairy cattle in the UK. A recently announced initiative aims to embed welfare outcome assessment into UK dairy farm assurance schemes. After industry consultation and two pilot studies, it is proposed that assessors from UK dairy farm assurance assess measures such as mobility, body condition, hair loss, lesions and swellings, dirtiness and mastitis during every farm visit. Despite the inherent limitations within a time and cost sensitive certification assessment, the approach adopted does provide a foundation for welfare improvement by being able to highlight areas of concern requiring attention, enabling schemes to promote the use of outcome scoring as a management tool, promoting the dissemination of relevant technical information in a timely manner and increasing the scrutiny of standards important for the welfare of the cows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-145
Number of pages4
JournalCattle Practice
Volume20
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • ANIMAL-WELFARE
  • CERTIFICATION SCHEMES
  • CATTLE
  • LAMENESS
  • UK

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