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A Prototype Tool to Enable Farmers to Measure and Improve the Welfare Performance of the Farm Animal Enterprise: The Unified Field Index.

Colditz IG, Ferguson DM, Collins T, Matthews L, Hemsworth PH - Animals (Basel) (2014)

Bottom Line: Pan-enterprise analysis in any livestock sector could be used to benchmark welfare performance of individual enterprises and also provide statistics of welfare performance for the livestock sector.An advantage of this concept of welfare performance is its use of continuous scales of measurement rather than traditional pass/fail measures.Through the feedback provided via benchmarking, the tool should help farmers better engage in on-going improvement of farm practices that affect animal welfare.

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Affiliation: CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences, FD McMaster Laboratory, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia. ian.colditz@csiro.au.

ABSTRACT
Schemes for the assessment of farm animal welfare and assurance of welfare standards have proliferated in recent years. An acknowledged short-coming has been the lack of impact of these schemes on the welfare standards achieved on farm due in part to sociological factors concerning their implementation. Here we propose the concept of welfare performance based on a broad set of performance attributes of an enterprise and describe a tool based on risk assessment and benchmarking methods for measuring and managing welfare performance. The tool termed the Unified Field Index is presented in a general form comprising three modules addressing animal, resource, and management factors. Domains within these modules accommodate the principle conceptual perspectives for welfare assessment: biological functioning; emotional states; and naturalness. Pan-enterprise analysis in any livestock sector could be used to benchmark welfare performance of individual enterprises and also provide statistics of welfare performance for the livestock sector. An advantage of this concept of welfare performance is its use of continuous scales of measurement rather than traditional pass/fail measures. Through the feedback provided via benchmarking, the tool should help farmers better engage in on-going improvement of farm practices that affect animal welfare.

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Level 1 (on farm) implementation of the UFI.
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Mentions: We propose three assessment modules for the UFI that address animal, resource, and management based factors that are key input contributors to, or provide outcome indicators of welfare performance. Within each module are a number of domains as listed in Table 1. The domains provide the entry point for the risk assessment and for the development of monitoring and management strategies at Level 1 of the implementation process. Implementation of the UFI is presented schematically in Figure 1 and Figure 2.


A Prototype Tool to Enable Farmers to Measure and Improve the Welfare Performance of the Farm Animal Enterprise: The Unified Field Index.

Colditz IG, Ferguson DM, Collins T, Matthews L, Hemsworth PH - Animals (Basel) (2014)

Level 1 (on farm) implementation of the UFI.
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animals-04-00446-f001: Level 1 (on farm) implementation of the UFI.
Mentions: We propose three assessment modules for the UFI that address animal, resource, and management based factors that are key input contributors to, or provide outcome indicators of welfare performance. Within each module are a number of domains as listed in Table 1. The domains provide the entry point for the risk assessment and for the development of monitoring and management strategies at Level 1 of the implementation process. Implementation of the UFI is presented schematically in Figure 1 and Figure 2.

Bottom Line: Pan-enterprise analysis in any livestock sector could be used to benchmark welfare performance of individual enterprises and also provide statistics of welfare performance for the livestock sector.An advantage of this concept of welfare performance is its use of continuous scales of measurement rather than traditional pass/fail measures.Through the feedback provided via benchmarking, the tool should help farmers better engage in on-going improvement of farm practices that affect animal welfare.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences, FD McMaster Laboratory, Armidale, NSW 2350, Australia. ian.colditz@csiro.au.

ABSTRACT
Schemes for the assessment of farm animal welfare and assurance of welfare standards have proliferated in recent years. An acknowledged short-coming has been the lack of impact of these schemes on the welfare standards achieved on farm due in part to sociological factors concerning their implementation. Here we propose the concept of welfare performance based on a broad set of performance attributes of an enterprise and describe a tool based on risk assessment and benchmarking methods for measuring and managing welfare performance. The tool termed the Unified Field Index is presented in a general form comprising three modules addressing animal, resource, and management factors. Domains within these modules accommodate the principle conceptual perspectives for welfare assessment: biological functioning; emotional states; and naturalness. Pan-enterprise analysis in any livestock sector could be used to benchmark welfare performance of individual enterprises and also provide statistics of welfare performance for the livestock sector. An advantage of this concept of welfare performance is its use of continuous scales of measurement rather than traditional pass/fail measures. Through the feedback provided via benchmarking, the tool should help farmers better engage in on-going improvement of farm practices that affect animal welfare.

No MeSH data available.