Animal welfare

Animal welfare

The subprogramme Animal welfare study the behaviour and welfare of cattle, pigs and sheep on farm, while in transport and during their slaughter. The transversality of a subject such as animal welfare allows it to be included in different research lines, such as meat and carcass quality, nutrition, genetics, rabbits, ruminants, poultry and aquaculture.

Their lines of work are:

  • Animal welfare during slaughter.
  • Animal welfare during transport.
  • Evaluation of animal welfare in farm and at the abattoir.
  • Alternatives to the practice of painful processes.


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  • Effect of environmental enrichment and herbal compound supplementation on physiological stress indicators (chromogranin A, cortisol and tumour necrosis factor-alpha) in growing pigs
    2017 | Casal, N.; Manteca, X.; Escribano, D.; Cerón, J.J.; Fàbrega, E.

  • Capturing systemic interrelationships by an impact analysis to help reduce production diseases in dairy farms
    2017 | Krieger, M.; Hoischen-Taubner, S.; Emanuelson, U.; Blanco-Penedo, I.; de Joybert, M.; Duval, J.E.; Sjöström, K.; Jones, P.J.; Sundrum, A.

  • Knowledge and opinions of veterinary students in Italy toward animal welfare science and law
    2017 | Magnani, D.; Ferri, N.; Dalmau, A.; Messori, S.