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Minimising medicine use in organic dairy herds through animal health and welfare planning - OF0382

Description
The project is primarily based on collaboration between research institutions with regard to evaluating, analysing and testing existing knowledge and experiences. This knowledge comes from current research activities and existing animal health promoting systems in the participating countries. This is expected to enable adaptation of animal health planning, animal health and welfare assessment through animal based parameters as well as advisory systems and farmer groups across borders and into the diverse conditions in many different European regions.

The project is divided in 5 work packages, 4 of which comprise research activities. One work package is focused on coordination and knowledge transfer, through meetings, workshops and publications:
WP1: Coordination and knowledge transfer
WP2: Development of principles for animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy farms
WP3: Application of animal based parameters for evaluation of animal health and welfare in dairy cattle and development of animal based parameters for calves, and the inclusion of these measures into animal health and welfare plans.
WP4: Communication about animal health and welfare and disease prevention in advisory systems and farmer groups
WP5: Analysing the effect of minimised use of medicine through animal health promotion
Objective
To minimise medicine use in organic dairy herds through active and well planned animal health and welfare promotion and disease prevention.

This objective is met through the following intermediate objectives:
1) Develop animal health and welfare planning principles for organic dairy farms under diverse conditions based on an evaluation of current experiences.
2) Application of animal health and welfare assessment based on the WelfareQuality parameters in different types of organic dairy herds across Europe. This will result in an overview of the herds and allow for potential adaptations for the organic situation (e.g. pasture systems, longer cow/calf contact). For calves, a special system will be developed by the Norwegian partners, and combined and tested together with the WelfareQuality assessment system.
3) Develop guidelines for communication about animal health and welfare promotion in different settings. This can be part of existing animal health advisory services or farmer groups such as the Danish Stable School system and the Dutch network program.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Minimising medicine use in organic dairy herds through animal health and welfare planning   (559k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2010

Cost: £102,276
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Duchy College, University - Wales, Aberystwth
Keywords
Dairy              
Farming              
Health              
On-Farm              
Organic Farming              
Welfare