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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.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

Despite pig farmers’ needs for recommendations on how to optimise the balance between apparently conflicting pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, society), there is very little on-farm data to support informed holistic decisions. SusPigSys therefore aims at collecting, summarising and disseminating evidence-based information on successful strategies for mproving sustainability in various pig production systems across the EU. Project outcomes include an integrative on-farm assessment and feedback tool to help pig farmers to improve their economic, environmental, and societal sustainability (e.g. animal health and welfare), as well as their job satisfaction. Farmers in all partner countries will be actively involved throughout the project to ensure that outcomes meet farmers’ needs. After researchers and stakeholders have identified points to be addressed, a detailed sustainability assessment protocol will be developed based on existing protocols and including the guidelines provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The protocol will be applied on a total of 70 farms in 7 European countries (AT, DE, FI, IT, PL, NL, UK) to generate a database from which a valid, condensed protocol can be developed using multivariate statistics. The condensed protocol will then be applied on 175 farms with various production systems in 7 countries. Data from farm visits will be used for developing an integrative analysis toolbox for summarising farm data, and the protocol and toolbox will be linked with an existing international pig production database to allow enhanced benchmarking. The integrative analysis toolbox will include information on possible trade-offs between the three pillars of sustainability and be integrated in a software to form a farmer decision support tool with farm-individual feedback. In addition, descriptions of best practices will be published in various formats to help farmers learn from each other across borders.

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