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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2010

The Welfare Quality (R) project and beyond: Safeguarding farm animal well-being

Blokhuis, Harry; Veissier, I.; Miele, M.; Jones, B.


Welfare Quality (R) was the largest ever European research project on animal welfare. Here, we briefly describe some major achievements of Welfare Quality (R) and identify future research priorities, potential strategies and organisational structures to build on the outcomes. Achievements include: definition of principles and criteria of good welfare; development of standardised, primarily animal-based measures for each welfare criterion and their integration in an overall assessment model. Since Welfare Quality (R) could not answer all the questions we recommend: Continued development and refinement of the assessment systems and extension to new species. The development of automatic measures of welfare to reduce the duration of the assessment while still retaining its holistic nature. Exploration of potential implementation strategies across food chain actors. Establishment of an independent body to manage and update the assessment and information systems, support their implementation and inform and engage stakeholders.


Animal welfare; information system; policy recommendations; public involvement; welfare assessment; welfare improvement

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Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science
2010, volume: 60, number: 3, pages: 129-140

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Environment and Health
Veissier, I.
Miele, M.
Cardiff University
Jones, B.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG3 Good health and wellbeing
SDG2 Zero hunger

UKÄ Subject classification

Animal and Dairy Science
Veterinary Science

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