COST is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. Now focusing on preventing damaging behaviors in group-housed pigs and chickens (GroupHouseNet). Professor Anna Valros from University of Finland and prof Jarkko Niemi from Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) are named as the Finnish representatives for the GroupHouseNet COST Management Committee.

The GroupHouseNet aim is to provide the European livestock industry with innovations in breeding and management for pigs and poultry that are needed for a successful transition to large group housing systems without necessitating painful tail docking and beak trimming. 

GroupHouseNet brings together researchers and industrial partners dealing with animal breeding and genetics, animal nutrition, epidemiology, engineering, animal behaviour and welfare, epigenetics, immunology, (neuro)physiology, economics and ethics. To strengthen the scientific and technological basis in these areas the Action will facilitate knowledge sharing, creation and application in pigs and laying hens in both experimental and commercial environments.