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Main research question/goal
In this 1-year European pilot-project, 26 partners from 16 different countries are involved to achieve four major goals regarding animal welfare. In particular, the project aims to establish a network of experts regarding animal welfare, to solve difficulties in compliance with EU regulations concerning welfare, to test different kinds of knowledge transfer strategies that would lead to better compliance, and finally, to assess the feasibility and possible conditions under which a European animal welfare network could be set up.

Research approach
Every major goal has its own work package. ILVO participates in the third work package: the assessment of different knowledge transfer strategies. We will focus on the stocking density of broilers, tail docking and environmental enrichment for finishing pigs, and group housing of sows. The knowledge transfer concerns official inspectors of the welfare regulations, as well as the farmers. For every topic a different knowledge transfer strategy will be used to assess and compare the effectiveness. We also participate in the fourth work package, which concerns identifying the players in the field of animal welfare (for us, in Belgium).

It has been noted that different EU regulations and decisions regarding animal welfare are not complied with at all times in all Member States. This leads to situations of suboptimal animal welfare. The EUWelNet project expects a higher level of knowledge-sharing within Europe because of the animal welfare network. The difficult areas for compliance with the regulations will be revealed and steps will be taken to improve these. The general European level of animal welfare will increase due to the global approach of this project.

External partner(s)
Cardiff University
Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali
Eesti Maaülikool
Groupe ISA Lille
INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Institut de l’Elevage - French Livestock Institute
Institut de Recerca I Technologia Agreoalimentaries
SLU - Swedisch University of Agricultural Sciences
Szent István University
Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Universitatea de stiinte agricole si medicina veterinara a banatului timisoara
Universiteit Parma
University of Agriculture in Krakow
University of Bristol
University of Kassel
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
University of Reading
University of Thessaly
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Ústav biochémie a genetiky živocíchov Slovenskej akadémie vied
Výzkumný ústav živocišné výroby, v.v.i.
Wageningen UR
Wageningen UR - Livestock Research
Effective start/end date31/12/1230/12/14

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