ARCHIVE: Animal welfare: Advice for farmers
Contract with ADAS
Defra has a contract with ADAS (an agricultural consultancy) to run an advisory programme for farmers to encourage good welfare. The contract includes visits to individual farms by ADAS at the request of Animal Health (formerly State Veterinary Service) officials, to provide general advice on such things as nutrition, housing, ventilation and pasture management.
The most substantial part of the contract is used to fund awareness campaigns on topics of welfare concern. Meetings, workshops, on-farm demonstrations are held around the country for farmers, managers and stock-keepers to review important welfare issues and to be brought up-to-date on the latest ideas and developments. These campaigns always create much interest within the industry and have been very successful in contributing to an increased awareness and better understanding of many of the key welfare issues. The majority of the campaigns are supported by leaflets or booklets and the publication of articles and notices in farming journals.
Campaigns for 2009/2010
The following advisory campaigns will be carried out in 2009/2010.
|Cattle||Managing the dairy cow around calving|
|Sheep||Rearing more lambs – better welfare and improved returns|
|Pigs||Tail biting workshops for pig producers in England|
|Poultry||Improving welfare in free range egg production systems through better pasture management|
|Poultry||Broiler Directive workshops|
Campaigns for 2008/2009
The following advisory campaigns were carried out in 2008/2009.
|Poultry||Preparing for 2012 - Options for Cage Egg Producers|
|Cattle||Lameness and Herd Mobility Scoring|
|Pigs||Health and Welfare of Finished Pigs|
|Sheep||The Welfare of Sheep in Low Input Systems|
Campaigns for 2007/2008
The following advisory campaigns were carried out in 2007/2008.
Information about ADAS campaigns previous to 2007 are available on the National Archive website.
- Leaflet: Farm Fires - Protecting farm animal welfare (PDF 80 KB)
Page last modified: 9 December, 2009