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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-01-01 - 2019-06-30

Objectives: - to assess barn climatic conditions/indoor air quality in dairy farms in Kosovo and Macedonia and to assess in parallel the welfare of the dairy cattle both during the summer and the winter period. - to establish associations between the barn climatic parameters and the welfare outcome measures as obtained from an acknowledged on-farm assessment protocol. - to disseminate the acquired knowledge to the scientific community as well as to different stakeholders. - to strengthen the research capacities of animal welfare research institutions in Kosovo and Macedonia through international cooperation, know-how exchange and implementation of state-of-the-art scientific methods Project activities: - Establishment of protocols for assessment if barn climatic conditions in small-scale dairy farms - Training in on-farm welfare assessment using the Welfare Quality protocol - Repeated on-farm data collection in 8 farms in Kosovo and Macedonia each (3x during summer, 3x during winter) - Analysis of associations between barn climatic conditions and animal-based welfare outcome measures - Publication of findings in scientific journal - Dissemination of findings to stakeholders (i.e. farmers, advisors, veterinarians)
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

The goal of the project is to improve animal health and welfare on fattening pig farms. Ideally, this can reduce the use of medicines. Therefore, • existing data (from abattoir and tratment data) will be linked and provided as a tool for health management to farmers and their veterinarians. A catalogue will enable the farmer to interpret abattoir findings. • „Tools“ (e.g. checklists or apps) will be developed which support farmers and vets to identify riskfactors and associated farm individual improvement strategies. • practicability and effectiveness of tools and (abattoir) data will be tested for advisory activities on-farm The project is divided into the following phases: • Development: programming of an interface between treatment data, productivity data and abattoir data. Development of tools and catalogue. • Implementation: Assessment of situation, implementation of measures on pilot farms (4) and project farms (30). • Evaluation: of effectiveness of developed tools; publication
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-04-01 - 2020-03-31

The present project ‚Implementation and evaluation of welfare monitoring in dairy farms’ takes place in connection with the re-branding of SalzburgMilch, which also includes a pioneer role in the area of animal welfare. It is based on existing approaches to farm animal welfare assessment and aims at developing assessment protocols which may be rolled out on a large scale in commercial dairy farms. The project therefore supports the implementation of an animal health/welfare monitoring scheme in all farms supplying SalzburgMilch taking the current level of health and welfare, feasibility and the famers' view into account. Primarily it focuses on farm assurance with regard to animal welfare, however at the same time it is the aim to provide useful information to the farmers which may be used for improvement of housing and herd management.

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