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Study to review and recommend enhancements to the AHVLA welfare compliance farm inspections risk model - AW0514

At EU and UK government levels there is a commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on farmers by utilising a risk based system of regulation and inspection. For the purposes of this research call, that means that farmers at greater risk of non-compliance should be more likely to have farm inspections than those at lower risk. Recent work has indicated that farms in farm assurance and organic certification schemes were less likely to fail animal welfare inspections when visited by Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency (AHVLA) (KilBride et al., 2012). This factor has been added to the current Defra risk model that determines whether a farm is selected by AHVLA for a risk based inspection.
A consultation in 2011 highlighted that the level of compliance at previous welfare and cross compliance inspections, participation in a herd health scheme and post mortem data from abattoirs might also affect whether a farm is more or less likely to pass an AHVLA welfare inspection.
In this project we propose to liaise with Government agencies and industry bodies to obtain data on cross compliance inspections, participation in herd health schemes and ante and post mortem data from abattoirs to investigate its reliability and representativeness. We will also investigate how efficiently it is linked to farm and enterprise identities and whether this is consistent across enterprises and across England, Wales and Scotland. We will also determine, at this stage, whether there are other indicators that could be incorporated into the risk-based model by interviewing Government agencies and industry bodies and testing factors identified in KilBride et al. (2012).
Having established the possible measures and quality of available data we will, where possible, use it to further develop the models that adjust for repeated inspections over time and other likely confounding factors previously described in the paper by KilBride et al (2012).
We will then establish whether the risk model currently used is the best method of allocating inspections or whether a different risk-based model or approach might be more effective by testing the predictability of the model.
Objective 1. Visit defra and other stakeholders and gather data
Objective 2. Evaluate quality and usefulness of data ascertained in Objective 1
Objective 3 Evaluated alternatives to the Andersen Model
Objective 4. Risk factor analysis of new and existing variables
Objective 5. Development of a new risk model or approach
Objective 6. Revisit stakeholders, present results and gather feedback
Objective 7. Present transparent evidence-based workable recommendations on how the current AHVLA model could be enhanced
Objective 8. Write final report, present results in peer review and professional journals
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : AW0514 Final report   (1057k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2015

Cost: £227,907
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Warwick
Animal Welfare              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare