Animal welfare

Livestock production systems must incorporate practices to protect animal health and welfare, as over use of preventative medication and focusing solely on productivity does not always create high welfare standards.

A holistic approach to livestock farming

The challenge which AFBI seeks to address is to create sustainable livestock production systems that meet production targets and environmental requirements while safeguarding animal and human health and welfare.  This involves multidisciplinary research programmes by AFBI scientists with expertise in topics such as sustainable ruminant and non-ruminant production, veterinary science, nutrition and metabolism.  The overarching objective is to provide sound scientific evidence for a holistic approach to livestock farming that also ensures individual animals experience a ‘life worth living’.