From beak to tail - mechanisms underlying damaging  behaviour in laying hens and pigs 7.8. Denmark

ISAE 2017 Satellite Meeting

From beak to tail – mechanisms underlying damaging behaviour in laying hens and pigs

Organized jointly by the FareWellDock Network and the GroupHouseNet COST Action.

Registration for the meeting will be open until May 15th, 2017. The meeting participation is limited to 80 persons, so early registration is recommended.

By joining efforts on an interspecies level, we have the opportunity to greatly enhance the understanding of the mechanisms underlying tail biting and feather pecking. Both behaviours are challenging, from an animal welfare and from an economic point-of-view, while in several countries, as well as at the EU level, the ethical justification of tail docking and beak trimming is currently being debated.

This full-day meeting will be held at the ISAE 2017 congress venue on August 7th , 2017, starting at 9am. The meeting will focus on two main themes: 'Mechanisms underlying the link between health and damaging behaviour' and 'Predisposing factors for damaging behaviour during early development'. Both themes will be introduced by invited experts, followed by short research presentations by participants, and then elaborated on in inter-species discussion groups. In addition, the program will include a networking session, with the aim to facilitate knowledge exchange and future cooperation between researchers working on damaging behaviour in pigs and poultry.

The workshop is sponsored by Topigs Norsvin, RSPCA and COST.

More information

or professor Anna Valros: anna.valros(at)