Main objectives and expected outcomes

1. Co-created strategies and tools for improving animal welfare

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  • Favouring positive behaviours and improving health and robustness in both poultry and pigs
  • Reducing the use of veterinary drugs through the improvement of animal robustness and resilience
  • Identifying and selecting genotypes with relevant traits suitable for outdoor systems and with a higher survival rate
  • Identifying valuable genotypes and management techniques to limit the risk of boar taint in non-castrated male pigs
  • Limiting parasite infections through different feeding and management strategies
  • Providing welfare self-assessment tools
  • Optimizing a non-invasive in ovo-sexing technique and promoting new farming systems valorizing layer male chicks by using dual-purpose breeds

2. ‘One Welfare’ evaluation of the proposed tools and strategies

  • Multi-criteria analyses of the most effective strategies for evaluating impacts according to sustainability goals, with specific emphasis on animal and human welfare
  • Creation of economic and business models for the use of the high-quality products generated from the adoption of innovative strategies

3. Dissemination and communication activities to various actors of the food chain from farmers to consumers

  • Uptake of the project results by end-users by the close involvement of National Practitioner Groups throughout the EU for facilitating change.

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