Hélène Leruste: Assessing welfare of veal calves on farms - Measures of behaviour and respiratory disorders and potential ways for welfare improvement

In Europe, minimal standards for the protection of veal calves are defined in EU directives but do not necessarily guarantee a sufficient level of animal welfare. There is a need for an on-farm evaluation tool of the welfare of veal calves based on direct observations of the animals.

Promovendus Hélène Leruste
Promotor B (Bas) Kemp
Copromotor EAM (Eddy) Bokkers
Copromotor dr. BJ Lensink
Lecturer-researcher, Animal behaviour and welfare
ISA Group, France
Organisatie Wageningen University, Adaptation Physiology, Animal Production Systems

vr 14 maart 2014 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

The present work suggests several measures for the on-farm assessment of three aspects of the welfare of veal calves: the relationship between veal calves and their caretaker, the level of expression of abnormal oral behaviours and the prevalence of respiratory disorders. In addition, a risk factor analysis was conducted to determine which factors of the environment, housing and management of calves could affect these three aspects of their welfare. The outcomes of this study will help providing practical advices to farmers for the improvement of the welfare of veal calves on farms