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  1. Økologisk mælk med mere dyrevelfærd

    Jan Tind Sørensen, Tine Rousing, Mette Vaarst, Pia Haun Poulsen & Iben Alber Christiansen

    The aim of the project is to develop animal welfare assessment tools which can document on initiatives to improve animal welfare in organic dairy production actually leads to improved animal welfare. Focus is on new animal welfare indicators that can demonstrate improvements in animal welfare and thus helps to characterize a credible organic milk production. In cooperation with Organic Denmark registrations winter and summer in 2017 for four organic herds is conducted. Animal welfare indicators is selected to measure efforts in those problem areas that the four organic farmers have chosen to focus on. There are recorded known welfare protocols providing aggregated welfare assessments at herd level. Information on both resource-based and animal-based welfare indicators is used to examine differences in welfare at herd level between summer and winter. The four involved farmers interviewed about their ideas for the development of animal welfare in organic milk when they have seen their results winter and summer with different welfare assessments. Tools are developed for assessing and document animal welfare on the farm during summer and winter.Description

    01/01-201731/12-2017

  2. WelFur-Mink IV

    Steen Henrik Møller, Britt I. F. Henriksen, Tine Rousing & Jens Malmkvist

    Post implementation project to maintain correct implementation of WelFur-Mink in Europe. The project has 7 work pakgedces: 1. Project management and information. 2. Assisting in the development and test of a new WelFur Mobile Application (WMA2) for use on-farm during assessments. 3. Development of teaching material for period specific training of WelFur assessors. 4. Development and refinement of the WelFur assessment and protocol/procedures including new knowledge. 5. Examination of assessment results based on ananomyos data. 6. Preparation for version 2 of the WelFur–Mink protocol. 7. Scientific publication Description

    01/01-201931/12-2021

  3. WelFur III

    Steen Henrik Møller, Anna Feldberg Marsbøll, Britt I. F. Henriksen & Jens Malmkvist

    The overall aim of the WelFur III project is to facilitate the implementation of the welfare assessment protocol for mink in Europe. A test of the WelFur protocol at farms in 10 European countries disclosed a number of issues that needed to be solved in order to make sure that WelFur could correctly handle all conditions found around Europe in each of the three seasons that covers the strict annual cycle of mink production.
    A Ph.D. project is aiming at increasing the feasibility and exploring ways to reduce the costs of assessment, without reducing the validity or the reliabilityDescription

    01/01-201531/12-2019

  4. WelFur II

    Steen Henrik Møller, Steffen W Hansen, Jens Malmkvist, Tine Rousing, Jan Tind Sørensen, Britt I. F. Henriksen, Pia Haun Poulsen & Mariann Nakano Pinkalski

    Development of a welfare assessment protocol for mink based on the principles developed in Welfare QualityDescription

    01/01-201131/12-2015

  5. Viable Organic Calves

    Jan Tind Sørensen, Tine Rousing, Mari Reiten, Pia Haun Poulsen, Finn Strudsholm, Hans-Christian Christiansen, Lars Jager Madsen, Laust Krejberg, Palle Trads, Erik Møller Andersen & Karensminde I/S v/Mikkel Juhl Nielsen

    Organic calves stay long with their dam, are group housed early and get cow milk for 3 months. However, organic calves have a high mortality rate. In this project a rapid and dramatic reduction in the risk of disease and death during the first 6 weeks of a calf life is facilitated. The project develops best management practices for safe immunization of the calf, safe group housing and milk feeding with pasteurized milk. The experiment is conducted in 6 organic dairy herds. We will learn whether our management practices will prevent diarrhoea, respiratory infections and mortality under production conditions, whether the results can be generalized across herds. Results are built into a Standard Operation Procedure for organic calf management and demonstrated in 4 herds.Description

    01/01-201631/12-2017

  6. VIPiglets-Robust piglets through birth of vital piglets

    Lene Juul Pedersen, Jan Tind Sørensen, Sarah-Lina Aagaard Schild, Lena Rangstrup-Christensen & Anders Christian Sørensen

    Piglet mortality in Danish organic pig production is very high with one of three organic piglets dying before weaning. This is a major barrier for obtaining a predicted high growth potential for organic pig production. The high mortality rate seems to be related to litter size beyond the size that can be fostered by the sow and birth of weak pigs. The current breed combination may be less suited for organic production, where sows farrow in in-accessible hutches, having long lactations and with limited possibilities for managing surplus piglets. The project facilitate a reduction in neonatal organic piglet mortality from 33 to 20 % of total born piglets, one extra weaned pig per litter and a one extra kg in average weaning weight. Implementation of these results will increase societal trust in organic pig production due to improved animal welfare. The project will 1) through observational studies in Danish organic herds identify major mortality risk factors at the sow and piglet level 2) new breeding goals and selection tools to target the specific conditions and challenges of the organic sow production and 3) improved environment including access to and methods for birth surveillance and assistance and provision of suitable climate for sow and piglets at the birth site. Finally, best management practise will be demonstrated and knowledge from the research part of the project will be disseminated through consultancy practice, workshops, web pages and written reports.Description

    01/04-201431/12-2017

  7. VID Halthedsdynamik i danske malkekvægsbesætninger

    Peter T. Thomsen, Anne Mette Danscher, Hans Houe, Björn Forkman & Mette S Herskin

    Formål: At afdække dynamikken i forekomst af halthed blandt danske malkekøer: Er få køer halte i lang tid af gangen eller er mange forskellige køer halte i relativt kortere tid? 
    Kort beskrivelse: Halthed er et væsentligt velfærdsproblem i moderne mælkeproduktion. Tværsnitsundersøgelser har vist, at der generelt er et stort antal halte køer i besætningerne på ethvert givet tidspunkt (ofte omkring 30 % halte køer – dog med stor variation fra besætning til besætning). Det er til gengæld ukendt, om de mange halte køer skyldes, at relativt mange køer er halte i kort tid af gangen eller at få køer er halte i længere tid. Viden herom er væsentlig for at kunne vurdere de velfærdsmæssige konsekvenser af halthed: Er belastningerne fordelt på få eller mange køer? Desuden forventes det også at projektet kan bidrage til at behandling og forebyggelse af halthed kan optimeres på baggrund af viden om dynamikken i forekomsten af halthed. Projektet gennemføres i samarbejde med ca. 5 private malkekvægsbesætninger, hvor samtlige køer halthedsvurderes med korte mellemrum gennem en længere periode.Description

    01/03-201431/12-2016

  8. VID Calf welfare in organic dairy herds

    Jan Tind Sørensen & Marlene Kirchner

    The aim of the project is to assess welfare of calves (0-180 days of age) in organic dairy herds with reference to calves in conventional dairy herds and to promote calf welfare by identifying age group and season as risk factors for selected welfare problems (including calf mortality) for the benefit of organic and conventional calf welfareDescription

    01/01-201530/06-2016

  9. Udvikling af model for kvægbesætningens udledning af enterisk metan under forskellige management strategier

    Søren Østergaard, Anne Braad Kudahl, Martin Riis Weisbjerg, Jan Tind Sørensen, Vivi Mørkøre Thorup, Peter Lund, Lisbeth Mogensen & Morten Kargo

    En fortsat stor dansk mælkeproduktion kan være model for andre lande, hvis Danmark kan finde klimaløsninger, som dels er anvendelige i praksis, dels er effektive, både når man ser på bedriftens samlede klimagas udledning og på det økonomiske perspektiv. Den enkelte malkekvægbesætnings produktions-og managementsystem er et centralt og nødvendigt delsystem i, at kunne forstå og kvantificere den samlede danske klimabelastning for produktion af mælk og kød. Projektets hovedaktivitet er at udvikle en ny besætningsmodel til simulering af tekniske og økonomiske konsekvenser af managementtiltag til reduktion af klimaaftryk i malkekvægsbesætninger.


    Projekt finansieret af GUDPDescription

    01/07-202131/12-2024

  10. The future mink production - focus on housing of mink

    Jens Malmkvist

    The purpose of the project is to initiate sustainable solutions for the future mink production based on existing knowledge about the domesticated farm mink's biology. For decades, the cage system (including nest boxes) has been relatively unchanged in mink production despite the fact that several conditions have changed, for example (1) mink's growing size, (2) knowledge about mink's biology, including more knowledge about farm mink's behavioural and physiological preferences/needs, (3) common interest in animal welfare and debate about keeping mink in cages/for their fur, (4) demand for a high production efficiency to maintain an cost-effective and sustainable Danish production. Therefore, there is a need to initiate research in "The future mink production". One of these aspects is development of ideas for new solutions for housing which satisfies the need (points 1-4) in the years to come. What would a housing system for mink look like should we design it today?
    Several stakeholders participate in collaboration in the project to obtain useful solutions. The project applies for support for (1) a series of experiments with principles for an optimum nest box for mink, (2) collaboration with companies and farmers regarding further development of housing for mink, (3) a pilot study testing mink's use of outdoor area.
    The purpose is to promote the future mink production supplemented with initiatives (e.g. improved nest box) useful to animal welfare and production economics in Danish mink farms.
    The project is financed by the Danish Pelt Levy Foundation.Description

    01/01-202131/12-2023

  11. Scientific analysis of transition and change processes related to animal agriculture

    Mette Vaarst

    Selve kurset fandt sted på AU Foulum + AU Aarhus + Zoom 2.-6.november 2020, og bliver fulgt op af præsentationer og seminar Description

    02/11-202031/12-2021

  12. SOLID

    Mette Vaarst & Anne Braad Kudahl

    01/04-201231/03-2015

  13. Robust calves - Well begun is half done

    Bodil Højlund Nielsen, Mogens Agerbo Krogh, Mogens Vestergaard, Martin Bjerring & Stine Lindgren

    The overall objective of the project is to enhance production of healthy and robust calves by means of knowledge and tools to improve calf health and performance through better management. This will be achieved by
    • Systematic collection of knowledge and data from clusters of farms (veal producers and the dairy farms that deliver calves to them)
    • Development of diagnostic tools for monitoring of calf health (test of immune status, on-farm disease monitoring)
    • Test of alternatives to antibiotic treatment (pre-biotics, NSAID’s, antibiotic-free production)
    • Development and implementation of IT management tools (data management and analyses)
    The project is financed by the Dairy Levy Fund and the Cattle Levy Fund.Description

    01/01-201831/12-2021

  14. Rethinking of Antimicrobial Decision-systems in the Management of Animal Production

    Mette Vaarst, Hanne Kongsted, Mogens Agerbo Krogh, Line Kollerup, Merete Studnitz, Katy Overstreet & Jan Tind Sørensen

    ROADMAP is a 4-year EU-funded project that will foster transitions towards prudent antimicrobial use (AMU) in animal production in a large variety of contexts, by favouring a rethinking of antimicrobial decision-systems all along the food supply chain.Description

    01/06-201931/05-2023

  15. Resilience for Dairy - R4D

    Søren Østergaard & Margit Bak Jensen

    Horizon 2020 project

    The overall objective of R4D is to develop and to strengthen a self-sustainable EU ThematicNetwork on “resilient and robust dairy farms” designed to stimulate knowledge exchanges and cross-fertilisation among a wide range of actors and stakeholders of thedairy industry. The aim of R4Dis to widely disseminate relevant ready-to-use best practices based on innovations, facilitating knowledge exchange from farmers to farmers.Description

    01/01-202131/12-2023

  16. Reproduktions- og avlsmæssige muligheder for forbedret kødproduktion

    Mogens Vestergaard, Morten Kargo, Jan Lassen, Søren Østergaard, Margrethe Therkildsen, Per Spleth, Kevin Byskov & Line Hjortø

    Det overordnede formål med projektet er at bidrage til en lønsom oksekødsproduktion i Danmark, således at eksport af småkalve eller aflivning af disse minimeres, trods de ændrede økonomiske forudsætninger oksekødsektoren udsættes for ved et bortfald af EU-tilskud. Projektets indhold har elementer, som virker på både kort og langt sigt. Effekten vil på kort sigt være en optimering af strategierne for produktion af krydsningskalve, og dermed en forøget produktion af krydsningskalve med et potentiale på en merindtægt på 80 millioner kr. årligt til primærproducenterne. På længere sigt vil kødproduktionsegenskaberne hos både slagtekalve og slagtekøer kunne øges ved anvendelse af de forventeligt positive avlsmæssige sammenhænge imellem kødproduktionsegenskaber og funktionelle egenskaber. Nytteeffekten skabes ved den nye information om produktion af krydsningskalve, som skabes i projektets forsøgsdel, kædet sammen med optimering af allerede eksisterende viden og nye optimeringsredskaber på området. Disse informationer skrives sammen i en brugermanual for anvendelse af kødkvægssæd i malkekvægsbesætninger. Effekten på det lange sigt opnås ved, at de genetiske sammenhænge imellem kødproduktionsegenskaber beregnes, da det er forudsætningen for, at kødproduktionsegenskaberne kan anvendes som informationsegenskaber for de funktionelle egenskaber.Description

    01/01-201331/12-2015

  17. Reduktion af fravænningsstress og af behov for AB gennem fravænning i farestien og brug af robust genotype

    Lene Juul Pedersen, Hanne Kongsted & Charlotte Lauridsen

    Formålet med projektet er at undersøge, om staldsystemet til løse søer, hvor grisene bliver i farestien efter fravænning, kan reducere de negative forandringer i immunforsvar, tarmflora og ædeadfærd, der normalt ses ved fravænning, og som forårsager fravænningsdiarré. Konceptet undersøges med to forskellige genotyper, der varierer ift. antal og vægt af de fødte grise. Description

    01/01-202031/12-2021

  18. Recovery from Mastitis in Dairy Cows - Development of Behavior, Milk Production and Inflammatory Markers in the Weeks during and after Naturally Occurring Clinical Mastitis

    Katrine Kop Fogsgaard, Mette S Herskin, Søren Østergaard, Torben Werner Bennedsgaard & Peter Løvendahl

    Hence, in order to increase the understanding of the recovery period after bovine mastitis and to create a basis for future facilitation of recovery, the present project focused on two selected aspects of recovery; a behavioural as well as an inflammatory aspect, aiming to 1) describe the behaviour of dairy cows in the days before, during and after antibiotic treatment for naturally occurring mastitis and to compare with behaviour of healthy cows; 2) describe the development within milk production and inflammatory markers before, during and after antibiotic treatment of naturally occurring mastitis, and to compare with healthy cows, with special focus on the expected post-mastitis stabilisation within these measures and 3) investigate a possible relationship between behaviour, milk production and inflammatory markers during naturally occurring bovine mastitis and its early recovery.
    The project was funded by three parties: the former School of Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE) at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University; The Danish Council for Research and Innovation at the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, and the BIOSENS project granted by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Lattec A/S, and the Danish Cattle Association. Funding for the experimental part of Study 1 of the PhD project was granted by the Danish Centre for Animal Welfare at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.Description

    01/09-201031/12-2015

  19. Prolonged lactation: Optimal strategy for lactational length at cow and herd level

    Søren Østergaard, Peter T. Thomsen, Lars Bilde Gildbjerg & Martin Bjerring

    The project focusses on identification of cows with optimal possibility to complete a prolonged lactation successfully.
    The project is funded by The Danish Dairy Levy Foundation.Description

    01/01-202031/12-2023

  20. Prevention of accidents during handling of cattle - development of indicators for risk situations

    Karen Thodberg, Janne Winther Christensen, Marianne Norup, Michael Nørremark, Kent Jacob Nielsen & Helge Kromann

    Farming has the highest incidence of fatalities of all industries, and handling animals is one of the most risky tasks. Accidents involving cattle are often serious and result in longer sick leave than other agricultural-related accidents. The overall aim of this project is to develop measurable risk indicators in relation to handling of dairy cattle on farms, with a special focus on the physical environment, animal behaviour and human-animal interactions. Through 4 sub-projects we will:
    1) create new knowledge about the causes of cattle-related occupational accidents through analysis of both existing and newly collected data
    2) investigate whether technological products for monitoring behaviour and activity of dairy cattle can be used to prevent accidents in working situations
    3) formulate recommendations for the design of stables for dairy cattle that take into account occupational safety and ensure an optimal physical environment in order to minimize the risk of occupational accidents
    4) identify behaviour in humans and dairy cows that increase the risk of occupational accidents in handling situations.
    The project is funded by the Working Environment Research Fund.Description

    01/10-202031/12-2022

  21. Prevalence and prevention of MRSA and diarrhoea in free-range based pig production

    Hanne Kongsted, Cecilie Liv Nielsen, Stine Lindgren, Martin Bjerring, Jan Tind Sørensen & Marianne Ørnstrup Kaiser

    The prevalence of MRSA is lower in organic than in conventional indoor raised pigs. This project intends to investigate if the low prevalence is due to access to outdoor areas or a low consumption of antibiotics and/ or medical zinc-oxide in organic herds. To answer this question, the prevalence of MRSA in organic free-range systems will be compared with the prevalence of MRSA in conventional free-range systems. Furthermore, we will investigate the prevalence of diarrhea and diarrhoea-causing pathogens in the two systems, because these factors affect the need for antibiotics and medical zinc-oxide. Management and housing conditions associated with a low prevalence of diarrhea and diarrhea-causing pathogens are also investigated. We expect the results of the study to inspire for new strategies in the conventional indoor pig production.
    The project is financed via Veterinærforlig III.Description

    01/01-201931/12-2021

  22. Pigproducers and their employees motivations and possibillities for reducing antibiotic use.

    Hanne Kongsted, Katy Overstreet, Inger Anneberg & Stine Lindgren

    The aim of the project is to investigate which constraints Danish farmers (both owners and employees) feel they have in relation to reducing the usage of antibiotics and medical zinc-oxide. By understanding the point of view of farmers, future work on the reduction can be targeted towards changing these constraining conditions. Furthermore, the project can help to point out most effective incentive structures when aiming to reduce the farmers’ use of antibiotics and zinc-oxide.

    A questionnaire survey targeted for owners and employees representative for professional Danish pig herds is carried out. The survey focuses on challenges that farmers have in their everyday life in relation to obtain a low consumption of antibiotics and zinc-oxide. Among other things, the survey will address handling many live born pigs per sow, use of vaccines and requirement of treatments from trade relations.
    The project is financed via Veterinærforlig III.Description

    01/01-202031/12-2021

  23. Ph.d. Britt Henriksen Assessment of animal welfare in Danish mink farms, for farmers, veterinarians and authorities

    Steen Henrik Møller, Britt I. F. Henriksen & Jan Tind Sørensen

    The aim of the study is to evaluate how (which time of the year and period) the welfare assessment procedure WelFur-mink should be conducted to be a tool for farmers, veterinarians, and authorities for improvements of animal welfare in Danish mink farms. The project also evaluates Stable schools as an advisory tool for animal welfare in the Danish mink production. Data from WelFur-assessment on 19 mink farms is collected for the three main production periods of mink and from repeated assessments on four farms in the nursing period, while qualitative interviews are conducted with breeders from 10 mink farms which have joined a Stable School. The hypoteses of the project are:
    1. The WelFur-assessment score on measurement and criteria level changes significantly with the kits age in the nursing period, but the score per principle and the overall classification of welfare will not be affected.
    2. The overall classification of welfare according to the welfare assessment procedure WelFur-mink will be the same per farm in the minks’ tree production periods.
    3. Stable school is a useful herd health advisory tool in Danish mink farms.Description

    01/04-201231/03-2015

  24. Pest insect nuisance in horses

    Janne Winther Christensen & Henrik Skovgård

    The overall aim is to identify and communicate appropriate solutions to provision of shade and pest insect avoidance for horses under Danish summer conditions. Grazing animals increasingly experience extreme weather conditions and insect nuisance, which can cause discomfort, itching, wounds and lead to diseases and eczema. Just like heat stress, insects can have a negative impact on horse welfare, health and performance. The project will provide important data on the effects of artificial shelters as well as naturally occurring shade.

    The project consists of information retrieval on experiences in relation to the use of buildings and natural shade during summer. The first part of the project will result in an inspirational catalogue for horse owners. The second part of the project will result in two scientific articles.
    The project is relevant for all horse owners with horses on pasture during summer.

    The project is partly financed by Hesteafgiftsfonden. Description

    01/03-201931/12-2020

  25. PIGWEB

    Jan Værum Nørgaard, Mette S Herskin, Samantha Joan Noel, Lene Juul Pedersen & Leslie Foldager

    An infrastructure for experimental research for sustainable pig production
    Funded by EU Horizon 2020 Description

    01/03-202128/02-2026

  26. Optimization of transport of sows to slaughter – improving animal welfare and carcass value

    Mette S Herskin, Karen Thodberg, Louisa Meira Gould & Inger Anneberg

    SOTRANS gains knowledge to formulate operational guidelines for pick-up and transport of cull sows – ensuring that challenges to animal welfare and carcass quality are minimized. Cull sows are more vulnerable to transport stress than market weight pigs, but despite high culling rates, the area of sow transport has not been subject to research or development for years. SOTRANS involves two series of studies, combining field trials and intervention designs to ensure study relevance and high scientific quality. The studies involve all seasons to include risk factors from high temperatures. Among the factors studied are: group size, mixing of sows, transport duration, pick-up facilities, journey breaks and water provision. The studies involve cull sows, selected by farmers, and the overall setup involves clinical examination on-farm before pick-up, commercial transport and re-examination upon arrival at slaughter. Data on behavior, climate (temperature, relative humidity, CO2) and handling are collected from farm to slaughter, and carcass quality (bruises, scratches, pH, drip loss) will be assessed post mortem. Based on the studies, SOTRANS provides new knowledge formulated into operational guidelines for relevant stakeholders such as hauliers, drivers, farmers and authorities – allowing future transport of sows to slaughter under conditions that are not challenging their welfare or carcass quality, thereby facilitating sustainable use of resources and consumer acceptance.
    The project is financed by GUDP and GSST.Description

    01/02-201831/12-2021

  27. Optimale hundebesøg

    Karen Thodberg, Janne Winther Christensen, Birthe Houbak, Pia Haun Poulsen & Connie Hårbo Middelhede

    The aim of this project is to study whether providing increased intensity of dog contact during dog visits in nursing homes affects the immediate response to and the general effect of the visits. Furthermore, whether the level of cognitive impairment affects the response and benefit. Finally, how a visiting programme’s day-to-day effects on residents’ quality of life can be monitored.
    The project is carried out in cooperation with TrygFonden.Description

    01/01-201512/12-2018

  28. ORGANICDAIRYHEALTH

    Jan Tind Sørensen, Morten Kargo, Anne Braad Kudahl, Søren Østergaard & Torben Werner Bennedsgaard

    The project will improve dairy health in organic dairy production through a combined improvement of management and breeding. Focusing on dairy cow health provides a unique opportunity for improving societal trust in organic milk production.

    Research questions are specified which will contribute to immediate improvements of animal health and welfare through optimized farm management as well as long-term improvements through breeding in Europe.Description

    01/01-201531/12-2017

  29. Managementstrategier til høj fravænningsvægt og lavt antibiotikaforbrug

    Jan Tind Sørensen, Hanne Kongsted, Cecilie Liv Nielsen & Mogens Agerbo Krogh

    Formålet med dette studie er at reducere antibiotikabehovet hos smågrise ved at øge deres vægt ved fravænning – fravænningsvægten øges ved etablering af stabile kuld uden sammenblanding og ved en forøget fravænningsalder.

    Studier og praktiske erfaringer peger på, at større og mere robuste grise ved fravænning vil kunne reducere forekomsten af behandlingskrævende infektioner hos fravænningsgrise, og derved behovet for antibiotika. I projektet øges fravænningsvægten på grisene ved at øge fravænningsalderen og ved at holde dem i stabile kuld hos soen under diegivningsperioden. Soen får i dag typisk større kuld end hun selv kan passe og bl.a. derfor flyttes en del pattegrise til en anden so end deres mor, som passer dem ind til fravænning. I studiet undersøges virkningen af at holde kuld samlet fra fødsel til fravænning, så soen kun ligger med sine egne pattegrise. Virkningen af dette undersøges ved to forskellige fravænningsaldre. Vi følger herefter smågrisene i klimastalden (7-30 kg), og undersøger forekomsten af sygdom og antibiotikabehandlinger.

    I veterinærforlig III ønskes der fokus på blandt andet fravænningsalder og kuldstørrelse og med vægt på tiltag som virker i stalden. Projektet gennemføres under produktionsforhold i fire større danske sobesætninger. Vi forventer derfor at projektets resultater umiddelbart kan implementeres i dansk svineproduktion efter projektperioden.
    Description

    01/05-201831/12-2021

  30. Management til forbedret hvalpeoverlevelse, dyrevelfærd og effektivitet i dansk minkproduktion

    Jens Malmkvist, Steen Henrik Møller & Steffen W Hansen

    Dansk minkproduktion er verdensførende, og økonomisk væsentlig for Danmark, hvor hovedparten af de 16 millioner årligt producerede skind eksporteres til markeder med stigende efterspørgsel. Der er imidlertid et betydeligt potentiale for øget hvalpeoverlevelse i produktionen af mink. Projektets formål er derfor at udvikle, anvise og demonstrere vidensbaserede
    produkter (redemateriale, redekasse med drikkevand) og integrerede managementredskaber (SOPs, Farm Cockpit til PC) til at øge antallet af vitale hvalpe fra hver enkelt avlstæve. Som følge af projektet forbedres (i) dyrevelfærden – qua reduceret stress hos tæver og hvalpe, flere vitale hvalpe ved
    fravænning, færre skader og døde hvalpe, (ii) effektiviteten via flere skind produceret pr. avlsdyr, samt (iii) bæredygtighed og miljø via bedre essourceudnyttelse/mindre spild. Konkret er målet realistiske løsninger til reduktion af den tidlige hvalpedødelighed til under 8%, hvilket kan forøge antallet af producerede skind pr. alvstæve fra de nuværende 5,3 til 6,1,
    samtidig med at dyrenes velfærd forbedres. Dette medfører en årlig merindtjening på 498 mio. kr. i den danske minkproduktion. Effekterne specificeres yderligere i en costbenefit analyse i projektets slutfase. God velfærd for mink bidrager positivt til Danmarks/erhvervets etiske regnskab og generelle omdømme. Både med hensyn til effektivitet og dyrevelfærd kan Danmark distancere konkurrenter, såfremt produktion af mink optimeres som skitseret i dette projekt. Description

    01/03-201401/03-2018

  31. MAF EVOP i store besætninger

    Søren Østergaard, Torben Werner Bennedsgaard, Bodil Højlund Nielsen, Anne Braad Kudahl & Mogens Agerbo Krogh

    I dag iværksætter landmænd og deres rådgivere mange managementtiltag for at forbedre produktivitet, sundhed og dyrevelfærd i malkekvægsbesætningen (fx brug af foderadditiver og management procedurer), selvom årsagssammenhængene ofte mangler videnskabelig belæg. Det kan skyldes, at en lang række ukontrollerede faktorer i det aktuelle miljø spiller en væsentlig rolle. Problemet med fejlagtig eller manglende viden i den enkelte besætning kan betyde til et betydeligt ressourcespild i hele kvægsektoren. Systematiske eksperimenter (med tilfældig udvælgelse) er ofte nødvendige for at finde og estimere de sande kausale virkninger af at ændre input-faktorer. Virkningerne af sådanne systematiske eksperimenter i den enkelte besætning kan evalueres med meget små omkostninger, fordi store besætninger ofte har automatiske eller semi-automatiske registreringer af eksempelvis køernes aktivitet, mælkeydelse, mælkens sammensætning, inline mælkeindikatorer, kropsvægt, AMS data samt registreringer fra foderblander og andet fodringsudstyr. I dette projekt vil vi implementere konceptet ’EVolutionary OPerations (EVOP), som er kendt fra bl.a. kemisk industri. EVOP indebærer, at der foretages systematiske små ændringer i produktionens input-faktorer og procedurer for derved at finde frem til en mere effektiv produktion. Generelle koncepter vil blive formulerede, og specifikke modeller vil blive udviklet til fodringsmanagement, håndtering af holdinddeling, udnyttelse af AMS samt håndtering af yversundhed. Et sådant EVOP management system vil give den enkelte landmand muligheden for at udøve management efter videnskabelige principper og opnå en meget effektiv produktion. Description

    01/01-201431/12-2017

  32. Løbesår betydning for produktion og velfærd hos malkekvæg

    Mogens Agerbo Krogh, Sarah Lee Munch, Søren Saxmose Nielsen, Nynne Capion & Peter Raundahl

    I 2016 fandt vi forandringer i løben hos 90 % og deciderede løbesår hos 43 % af 750 danske Holstein køer. Løbesår er dermed særdeles udbredt hos de danske malkekøer og det er derfor helt centralt at det bliver undersøgt om løbesårene har væsentlig betydning for produktionen og/eller udgør et betydeligt velfærdsmæssigt problem. Formålet med dette projekt er at kvantificere betydningen af løbesårene på koens produktion og velfærd. I projektet vil der blive foretaget en sammenlignende vidensyntese om sammenhæng imellem løbesår og smerte. Desuden vil der på slagtekøer blive foretaget yderligere undersøgelser af størrelse, dybde og alder af løbesår og efterfølgende analyseres sammenhængen mellem graden af løbesår og produktions- og slagtedata. Projektet vil samlet set give os ny viden om, hvor meget løbesår påvirker koens velfærd og produktion. Description

    01/01-201731/12-2018

  33. Low mortality through birth of vital piglets

    Lene Juul Pedersen, Jan Tind Sørensen & Anders Christian Sørensen

    Piglet mortality in Danish organic pig production is very high with one of three organic piglets dying before weaning. This is a major barrier for obtaining a predicted high growth potential for organic pig production. The high mortality rate seems to be related to litter size beyond the size that can be fostered by the sow and birth of weak pigs. The current breed combination may be less suited for organic production, where sows farrow in in-accessible hutches, having long lactations and with limited possibilities for managing surplus piglets.Description

    01/01-201431/12-2017

  34. Linking extensive husbandry practices to the intrinsic quality of pork and broiler meat.

    Lene Juul Pedersen & Hans Spoolder

    The project aim is to provide consumers with quality pork and broiler meat, by developing novel solutions that address societal demands, environmental concerns and economic needs on farm and in the chain. The project is funded by Horizon2020.Description

    01/10-202130/09-2025

  35. Kvartalsrapporter

    Bodil Højlund Nielsen

    03/09-201228/06-2013