Animal welfare and health wageningen livestock research

Animal Health & Welfare

People worldwide consume a lot of animal protein, such as eggs, meat and dairy. It is important that the animals that produce this have a good life. Knowledge development about animal welfare and health contributes to this. Wageningen Livestock Research helps companies, organizations and governments with knowledge questions and solutions.

Healthy animals with positive emotions

An animal that is not healthy does not feel well. Conversely, an animal that feels comfortable, is more robust, healthier and less susceptible to diseases. Animal welfare means that animals can meet their natural needs as much as possible. With room for positive emotions, as experienced by the animal itself.

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40 experts work with innovative methods

Around 40 veterinarians, animal scientists, behavioural experts and physiologists work in our animal welfare and health department. Among other things, we investigate various types of housing systems. In order to measure objectively, we use smart farming tools: sensors, real-time monitoring, and big data analyses. With these we work on dashboards with early-warning and decision-support systems. This way a farmer can quickly intervene to guarantee the welfare of the animals.

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Multidisciplinary research

Because we connect knowledge from different domains, we can interpret animal welfare and health. In the future, a wide range of livestock farming systems will emerge with various (product) concepts for animal welfare and sustainability that consumers can choose from. With our knowledge and expertise we play an important role in this development.

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