Animal Welfare and Livestock Husbandry Systems
Modern livestock husbandry systems have to meet animals needs and must be environmentally friendly and economically efficient. ATB research analyses construction and technological mechanisms of livestock houses, animal welfare and behaviour, and physiological and ergonomic parameters of farm workers. The development of animal specific indicators and automatic analysis and control units allows the monitoring of relevant indicators and processes (e. g. diseases, stress, strain on tissue during milking). This is important to recognize and reduce risks and problems in animal husbandry as soon as possible. The recording of activity and physiological conditions of dairy cows allows for the development of innovative indexes for heat stress and animal welfare and for the quantification of heat stress impacts on vitality, behaviour and performance.
The research work is done by an interdisciplinary team of agricultural scientists, physicists, meteorologists and veterinarians. Investigations are conducted at the welfare-barn of the Institute for Education and Research in Groß Kreutz and on a commercial dairy farm of the Mecklenburg Vorpommern State Institute for Agriculture and Fishery in Dummerstorf.
Our work in the field of “animal welfare and animal husbandry” is closely related to research on "barn climate and emissions".
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