Farm animal welfare case studies

These case studies from livestock producers all over the world provide examples of how humane and sustainable farming is working.

From small scale dairy producers in the Highlands of Kenya that keep their cows on pasture, to large scale chicken production in the most industrialised state of Brazil - animal welfare is at the heart of these financially successful models of production.

Animal welfare: adding value to the livestock and meat trade (PDF 338KB, 3 pages)
Animal welfare standards “from farm to fork” can form part of a strategy to add value to animal products and provide a stable source of income for farmers and others in the food chain. This case study shows how a nationwide set of farming standards with a strong animal welfare component are contributing to the success of Namibia’s meat industry.

High welfare milk production in India (PDF 1.6MB, 4 pages)
Kisan Dairy farm in India demonstrates how good feeding, genetics appropriate to the local conditions and comfortable housing are leading to good health and welfare of dairy cows. This is turn is delivering milk yields several times higher compared to the Indian average.

Beyond battery cages in the EU  (PDF 258KB, 4 pages)
A large-scale egg producer in The Netherlands is using a scientifically designed production system that has social, economical and environmental benefits - and provides high welfare to the laying hens.

Deep litter for pigs  (PDF 695KB, 2 pages)
Case study exploring the benefits of deep-litter compost systems for pigs. The deep-litter beds provide good quality compost, reduce water and heating usage and achieve equal or superior piglet survival rate than those raised in conventional concrete floor pig houses. 

Humane egg and chicken production in Brazil  (PDF 358KB, 3 pages)
Chicken and egg producers in Brazil are using humane and sustainable farming methods to bring major benefits for businesses, farmers, local economies, the environment, the consumer – and of course animals.

Community supported agriculture in China  (PDF 752KB, 2 pages)
Community-supported agriculture in China provides a sustainable alternative to industrial agriculture. The farms focus on supporting communities and enhancing levels of consumer-producer trust.

Enhancing rural livelioods in India  (PDF 567KB, 4 pages)
In India, a sustainable poultry model is improving the livelihoods and nutrition of poor rural households, whilst also promoting gender equality. The model is better for animal welfare and less reliant on buying in feed from external providers.

Humane and sustainable beef in the US  (PDF 542KB, 4 pages)
Find out how a ranch that moved from producing calves for feedlots to organically rearing grass-finished cattle is achieving high productivity, excellent levels of animal welfare and supporting local jobs and livelihoods.

Securing livelihoods with small-scale milk production in Kenya  (PDF 487KB, 4 pages)
Find out how a co-operative of small-scale pasture based dairy farmers in the highlands of Kenya is raising productivity, improving livelihoods and increasing food security.

Estudio de caso cerdos  (PDF 721KB, 4 pages)
Spanish only. One producer in Colombia is benefiting from the transition to a more humane system for raising pigs. The deep-litter system is improving productivity, the health and welfare of pigs and ensuring that manure is recycled into agriculture. 

Innovative pig farming in Colombia (PDF 440KB, 4 pages)
A pig farm in Colombia has implemented a deep-bedding farming system to improve animal welfare, and reduce pollution and water use. The system has proved to be financially viable against its former low-welfare system, with a proven consumer market for the high-welfare meat products.

Animal welfare is increasing Brazil’s beef cattle productivity (PDF 875KB, 4 pages)
A large-scale beef producer in Brazil has found that in addition to improved animal welfare, their extensive farming system is improving beef production through reduced meat losses, by lessening impact to the environment and by improving workplace experience and employee safety.

Boosting productivity, welfare and biodiversity in Costa Rica (PDF 671KB, 4 pages)
An association of farmers in Costa Rica is using an exciting ‘silvopastoral’ farming approach, combining up-to-date agriculture and livestock and forestry techniques. This is resulting in more diverse, productive and sustainable land use, as well as increasing profits for farmers and providing good welfare for cattle.

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