Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry
The overall research objective of our institute is to improve farm animal welfare. We evaluate and refine husbandry, transport, stunning and slaughter procedures, while taking into account possible conflicts between economy, welfare and environmental issues. Our study aims range from fundamental to applied questions.
- to advance animal friendly and sustainable housing systems for farm animals
- to develop improved methods for the assessment of husbandry systems
- to in investigate feasible improvements of transport, stunning, culling and slaughtering procedures
- to provide fundamental scientific knowledge on farm animal welfare as a basis for political decision making
Areas of interest
- Fundamental knowledge on animal adaption processes:
- What internal mechanisms are involved in stress reactions?
- Which external factors are modifying the internal reactions?
- Indicators and assessment concepts:
- How can we measure how stressed an animal is?
- How can husbandry systems be evaluated on farm?
- Improvement of husbandry
- What are the welfare relevant problems of farm animal husbandry?
- How can these problems be reduced?
- Transport, stunning, culling and slaughter:
- What are the minimum requirements for good practice procedures?