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Animal-based measures

Our research aim and focus

Animal-based measures originate from observations of animals. Examples include clinical signs and recordings of mortality. In other words: Observe the animal, to find out how it is doing!

Our primary focus areas

  • Clinical signs and simple behavioural measures as indicators of animal health and welfare: Individual animal-based measures, or combinations of measures, may be used to assess health and welfare in production animals.

  • Monitoring health and welfare based on routinely recorded data: Routinely recorded data originate from a variety of databases, and include e.g. recordings of mortality, meat inspection data, and hoof trimming records.
  • Mortality and culling: Knowledge about reasons and risk factors for mortality and involuntary culling may help prevent future deaths and cullings.
  • Studies of pain and discomfort in production animals, with the overall aim to alleviate pain and discomfort.
  • Evaluation of associations between animal-based measures, management, production, health and welfare: Identification of risk factors for decreased production, health and welfare. Evaluation of effects of treatments and management interventions.

Theme group coordinator

Peter T. Thomsen

Seniorforsker Institut for Husdyrvidenskab - ANIS Welfare

Our research perspectives

Animal-based measures play an important role when monitoring health and welfare in livestock. Precise and objective knowledge about animal-based measures is needed to be able to assess animal health and welfare at individual, flock or herd level.

Such knowledge is also needed in order to be able to evaluate the effect of risk factors and management interventions.