The Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN) project promoted the development of protocols centred on animal-based indicators to assess welfare in goats, sheep, donkeys, horses and turkeys. An important feature of the project was the adoption of a simple and practical approach to the dissemination of scientific results to general public and stakeholders such as veterinarians and farmers. Six applications were developed for Android devices and made freely downloadable from Google Play Store. Four apps, based on AWIN welfare assessment protocols, allow and simplify data collection on farm: AWINGoat for dairy goats in intensive farms, AWINSheep for adult female sheep in milk and/or meat production systems, AWINHorse for adult horses stabled in single boxes and I-WatchTurkey for intensive growing turkeys. These apps provide the user with immediate and clear outcomes of the welfare status of the assessed animals and allow comparison with similar farms across Europe. Two additional apps were developed to address other important specific welfare issues: the HGS app was designed to teach users to recognise, assess and manage painful conditions in horses using facial expressions; WelGoat was developed to assess lameness and claw overgrowth in dairy goats. All the apps received a lot of attention (from a minimum of 100 downloads for WelGoat to a maximum of 5000 for HGS) and they were downloaded both in European and non-European countries. Although the metrics of download and the ratings from the users are good, some improvements could be made. For example, in order to increase the visibility of the apps and to include them as an everyday practice for veterinarians and farmers, the apps should be also developed for iOS devices and translated to other languages.
Welfare assessment on farm: what’s new? / M. Battini, E. Canali, M. Minero, S. Mattiello, S. Barbieri, V. Ferrante, I. Estevez, C. Dwyer, R. Ruiz, I.B.D. Heredia, E. Dalla Costa, F. Dai, A. Zanella. ((Intervento presentato al 4. convegno OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare tenutosi a Guadalajara nel 2016.
|Titolo:||Welfare assessment on farm: what’s new?|
BATTINI, MONICA (Corresponding)
CANALI, ELISABETTA (Secondo)
DAI, FRANCESCA (Penultimo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||6-dic-2016|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/19 - Zootecnica Speciale|
|Citazione:||Welfare assessment on farm: what’s new? / M. Battini, E. Canali, M. Minero, S. Mattiello, S. Barbieri, V. Ferrante, I. Estevez, C. Dwyer, R. Ruiz, I.B.D. Heredia, E. Dalla Costa, F. Dai, A. Zanella. ((Intervento presentato al 4. convegno OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare tenutosi a Guadalajara nel 2016.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|