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Productivity – intensification – animal welfare: Synergies or trade-offs?

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Presentation d by Rebecca E. Doyle, Cecile Godde, Barbara Wieland, Cathy M. Dwyer, Kristina Roesel, Johanna F. Lindahl, Silvia Alonso and Delia Grace at the International Tropical Agriculture Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 11−13 November 2019

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Productivity – intensification – animal welfare: Synergies or trade-offs?

  1. 1. Productivity – intensification – animal welfare Synergies or trade-offs? International Tropical Agriculture Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 11-13 November 2019 Rebecca E Doyle, Cecile Godde, Barbara Wieland, Cathy M Dwyer, Kristina Rosel, Johanna F Lindahl, Silvia Alonso and Delia Grace
  2. 2. “completely replacing the use of animals as a food production technology” Impossible Foods mission statement
  3. 3. Growing, growing and growing Reducing animal agriculture Demand for animal products is increasing Animal welfare is growing in importance Having high animal welfare standards can be a major contributor to improved animal production and contribute to the ongoing acceptability of meat consumption Photo Credit: Vera&Jean-Christophe
  4. 4. good management towards confinement and production on fewer units smart application of tomorrow’s livestock science
  5. 5. Welfare sensitive approach • Build the evidence base: scientific welfare assessment • Connect with farmers: foster positive attitudes • Understand and invest in positive welfare systems
  6. 6. Scientific focus: Welfare assessment • Identify losses/target areas • Measure improvements • Increase opportunities for product differentiation, meeting expectations • Common indicators • Promote transparency ETH – on farm ETH – slaughterhouse AUS – on farm UK – on farm Thin BCS 1.2% 15.8% 10.6% 18% Dirty wool/hair 15.8% 54.9% 9% poor fleece condition 18% Lame 2.9% 4% 4.7% 14.8% Ullman et al. 2019; Bekele et al. 2019; Munoz et al. 2019; AWIN project Welfare assessment of sheep and goats
  7. 7. Foster positive attitudes • Attitudes towards animal care is more important than many other factors when determining welfare • Farmers with a more active management style had fewer lame ewes and fewer ewes needing further care • Positive attitudes to actions and belief in perceived control over the outcome Photo Credit: Elsa GlanvilleMunoz et al 2019
  8. 8. ‘Humans are the God for animals’ ‘If it is not for not speaking, animals have similar needs and feelings like humans’ Photo credit: ILRI/ Camille Hanotte
  9. 9. Invest in positive welfare systems • Empirical knowledge • Agro-forestry & agro-pastoral systems • Potential to be animal welfare, livelihoods and climate friendly Photo Credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)
  10. 10. Taking a welfare sensitive approach to animal production will help meet the demands of this changing sector and foster good opportunities for producers and their animals Rebecca Doyle rebecca.doyle@unimelb.edu.au Photo Credit: ILRI Livestock CRP/ Kabir Dhanji

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