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A multidisciplinary approach to the reduction in lameness and improvement in dairy cow welfare in the European Union

Objective

Lameness in dairy cows is a major economic and welfare problem. Interaction between husbandry systems, development of lameness and its biological causes are poorly understood. The project aim is to reduce lameness by identification and application of best practice and an understanding of underlying biological mechanisms. This will contribute to improved welfare, productivity and competitiveness in the EU dairy sector. A multidisciplinary approach using expertise in hoof trimming, housing/husbandry systems, fundamental biological research and quantitative statistic/ will provide an understanding of causes of lameness and will form the basis for sustainable prevention of lameness. Outputs: guidelines for minimal - lameness husbandry systems and training packages for the dairy sector. Socio- economic outcomes: reduced incidence of lameness, improved animal health and welfare, husbandry systems and product quality and increased productivity.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
Address
Macrobert Building, 581 King Street
AB25 5UA Aberdeen
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

AUGUST CIESZKOWSKI AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY IN POZNAN
Poland
Address
Ul. Wojska Polskiego 28
60 637 Poznan
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Koserstrasse 20
14195 Berlin
KLAUENPFLEGER MEISTER RENE PIJL
Germany
Address
Fischershauser 1
26441 Jever
UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE VIENNA
Austria
Address
Veterinaerplatz 1
1210 Wien
UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
Address
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry
WRITTLE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
Writtle College
CM1 3RR Chelmsford