Main research questionThe CHICKENSTRESS research project aims to improve the welfare of free-range laying hens by reducing the incidence of feather-pecking, reducing their stress and fearfulness, and improving their range use.
Variations in stress responsivity in hens: matching birds to environments
(A)biotic stress tolerance in Ilex crenata: high soil pH and the pathogen Berkeleyomyces basicola
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Mental stress in farmers is serious. (Seeking) help could be better
News | 29/10/2018
Unhealthy stress and the liveability of the Flemish farming family – call for participants in new research study
The intention is to find out the degree of long-term stress present in these families, what the causes are and how that stress is being handled.
Compared to other occupational categories, farmers seem to be more at risk for excessive mental stress. Complaints in this sector often remain under the radar for quite some time. More attention for this problem is needed, together with scientific substantiation of the problem and its causes.
Within that unity, there is a strong connection between stress factors, well-being, and the coping strategies applied. For example, a family that copes effectively with stress factors will be more resilient than a family that avoids or denies problems.
Farmer stress and mental well-being
Main research questionBeef and dairy cattle farmers are acutely aware of the effects of heat stress on their animals during the past hot summers. They also have questions about what they can do to mitigate the consequences. This project aims to support Flemish cattle farmers in the choice of appropriate preventive measures.
A flexible team can be called on to perform both desk and field work, whenever and wherever necessary.Els VanderperrenRental of installations for marine experimentsAt ILVO, various recirculation systems are available in which exposure experiments (contaminants or other stressors), feeding trials, survival tests, and trawl tests can be done, or in which
Main research questionThe increasing maximum temperatures and the increasing number of days with elevated temperatures in Belgium can lead to heat stress in several animal species but pigs are particularly sensitive to this. In recent years, pig farmers have experienced much greater production losses and mortality on their farms.
However, it is still unclear (1) how fast and to what extent this resistance is build up against a particular stress, (2) to what extent cross resistance occurs against other forms of stress, and (3) whether the behavior of the resulting vegetative cells is changed with respect to spoilage and toxigenic properties.
Meer informatie.Frank Tuyttens (animal husbandry), Annelies Van Nuffel (NEW CONTACT Agricultural Engineering)BioanalysisScientific research and advice regarding glucocorticoids such as cortisol and its metabolites as classic, non-specific stress hormones. More information.Johan AertsBack to pig farming