Welfare Quality Network seminar 2016

Welcome to the Welfare Quality Network seminar 2016



In the Small Hall, Fabianinkatu 33 (4th floor), University of Helsinki, November 24.11 2016 (see map below)


24.11.2016 8:30 - 17:00


The aim of the seminar is to present and discuss research and development projects related to animal welfare assessment on-farm, with a special focus on topics related to the Welfare quality® protocol


We welcome participants working with related topics, or with an interest in on-farm animal welfare assessment, such as researchers, students, industry representatives, policy makers, advisors, veterinarians and NGOs.


On-cite pre-registration is closed but you can follow seminar live on-line from here.

NOVA & CVM PhD-course is organized in connection to this seminar: Animal Welfare – From fork to farm


Some changes may occur


8:30 OPENING & WELCOME: Anna Valros

8:35 PLENARY: Cassandra Tucker: Assessing and improving welfare on US cow-calf operations

9:15 Ingrid de Jong: Welfare assessment of broiler chicken flocks from different hatching systems

9:35 Eija Kaukonen: Comparing the effects of peat, wood shavings and ground straw bedding on contact dermatitis in broilers and litter condition in broiler houses

9:55 Harry Blokhuis: Assessment of fearfulness and gait score in commercial broiler flocks using automatic monitoring of activity

10:15 COFFEE

10:45 Isabelle Veissier: Use of PLF technics to predict disorders

11:05 Björn Forkman: The construction of a Danish National Animal Welfare Index

11:25 Lilli Frondelius: Animal welfare status of dairy farms in Eastern Finland

11:45 Mikaela Mughal: A preliminary comparison of results from a national health care system in Finland and Welfare Quality® assessment in dairy cows

12:05 LUNCH (at your own cost)

13:05 Frank Tuyttens: Correspondence of expert opinion with integrated Welfare Quality® scores of the dairy cattle welfare assessment protocol

13:25 Marlene Kirchner: Identification of problem areas for poor Animal Welfare State in Danish Dairy Cow Herds: an update

13:45 Essi Wallenius: Juustoportti’s initiative: Integrating Free Cow’s Milk and WelfareQuality®

14:05 Adalinda Hernández : The Welfare Quality® assessment protocol - how can it be adapted to family farming dual purpose cattle raised under extensive systems in tropical conditions?

14:25 Short break

14:35 Camilla Munsterhjelm: Evaluation of cattle welfare based on Finnish herd health data

14:55 Jaakko Mononen: The first overall WelFur fox welfare assessment results from a sample of Finnish fox farms

15:15 Harry Blokhuis: Improving Horse Welfare through Assessment and Feedback

15:35 COFFEE

16:05 Camilla Munsterhjelm: Application of Welfare Quality® in a Finnish slaughterhouse company

16:25 Antoni Dalmau Bueno: Use of the WQ protocol for pigs to assess animal welfare in the slaughterhouses in 5 different countries

16:45 CLOSING UP: Harry Blokhuis


SPEAKERS: note that the talks will be 15 min plus discussion 5 min. Please, bring your presentations on a memory stick! Registration will open at 8 am, and you can upload your presentations before the seminar, or during the breaks. You can also send your presentations beforehand to laura.hanninen@helsinki.fi

NOTE: if your presentation is big, please use Dropbox or similar for transfering it.

More information

Anna Valros: anna.valros(at)helsinki.fi

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