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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For more information on the Welfare Quality Network, see: http://www.welfarequalitynetwork.net

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Fabianinkatu 33