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Welfare assessment of animals moving through markets - AW0819

Description
Aims:
(1) Identify and define the main stress events in marketing cattle and sheep passing through livestock markets in England & Wales;
(2) suggest ways in which marketing cattle and sheep in livestock markets could be improved;
(3) identify simple, practical criteria that could be used on a routine basis to assess the welfare of cattle and sheep passing through livestock markets; and
4) help define best practice when managing animals that pass through livestock markets.

Policy relevance: DEFRA requires:
(1) the stress points in the marketing process to be identified and defined; (2) a list of parameters that can be used for monitoring animal welfare in markets; and
(3) a draft protocol for recommended best practice.

Outcomes: This project will help improve our understanding of some of the welfare issues in livestock markets in England & Wales and it will make positive and constructive suggestions as to how those problems could be addressed and resolved. It will provide practical criteria for gauging the success of a humane marketing system, and it will provide a useful template for the harmonisation of practices and standards internationally.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Welfare assessment of animals moving through markets   (237k)
• Final Report - Annex : Welfare assessment of animals moving through markets   (243k)
• Final Report - Annex : Welfare assessment of animals moving through markets   (141k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £134,896
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Veterinary College
Keywords
Animal Welfare              
Livestock              
Plants and Animals              
Transport              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare