Animal welfare and societal needs
How animals are cared for is of paramount importance for European consumers. Two important challenges related to animal care are of growing concern to the dairy industry. Firstly, the ability of fully housed systems to meet good standards for health, welfare and opportunity to express normal behaviour. This has led to pressure for animals to be given access to pasture, which may also bring negative trade-offs in terms of animal welfare and environmental impact.
By sharing knowledge and experience in the design and management of dairy cattle housing and grazing systems, good practice will be disseminated across Europe. Secondly this topic on animal care is all about human perception and societal needs. The objective is to improve aspects of animal care with particular relevance to animal welfare and societal needs.