News | 04/10/2019
Europe is aiming for an ambitious combination of better productivity and animal welfare.
Animal welfare is getting more and more attention from livestock producers, consumers and policymakers alike. But how can we continue to improve the welfare of our livestock? How can we objectively measure animal welfare? And how can these data be used in practice?
What is animal welfare?
Animal welfare is about the quality of life as experienced by the animal itself. To make the definition of animal welfare more concrete, five freedoms for animals that must be met were established in 1965.
News | 20/10/2017
Broiler welfare during the pre-slaughter phase
The pre-slaughter phase in broiler chickens is seen as a critical bottleneck for animal welfare.
Main research questionIn recent years, consumers, producers, meat processors and retailers have been paying increasing attention to animal welfare. To achieve higher welfare, the focus is often on adding positive (enriching) experiences for the animals, rather than removing negative experiences.
Creating added value by stimulating desired animal behavior via music
ILVO generates knowledge to promote more sustainable animal husbandry, fisheries and aquaculture. To do this, it is inevitable to that animals are kept and used for research (where the animals are kept in group housing or in their original ecosystem to the degree possible).
Transparency regarding animal trials
Quality control is an important element in the constant pursuit of integrated and sustainable quality assurance in animal and human nutrition.
Animal Related Analyses (ANIMALAB)
Association de Coordination Technique Agricole, Aarhus University, FIBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, University of Bologna, SLU - Swedisch University of Agricultural Sciences, STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH, Zuidelijke Land and Tuinbouw Organisatie, FEUGA, DGZ - Dierengezondheidszorg Vlaanderen, University of Liverpool, European Forum of Farm Animal
Main research questionThis project focuses on a more responsible use of antibiotics in animal production systems, in particular on how to efficiently steer and manage this transition in order to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.
Rethinking Of Antimicrobial Decision-systems in the Management of Animal Production
Main research questionThe goal of KIPVANG is to catch and load meat chickens and spent laying hens for transport to the slaughterhouse in a more animal-friendly way. The project develops training courses for this purpose and also provides them to the people who perform this task in the poultry sector.
Research into more animal-friendly catching and loading of broilers and reformed laying hens
News | 04/06/2018
Veterinary advice has proven its economic added value for farms and animal-based measuring systems
The economic added value of an animal-based measuring system can be increased by taking the economic value into account during the technical development phase.