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UCD Animal Welfare Science & Ethics

Recent Research

Recent research on animal welfare include:

  1. Refining Current Systems of Early Warning and Prevention of On-Farm Animal Welfare Incidents (Funded by DAFM)
  2. The UCD Review of Horse Welfare in Ireland (Funded by World Horse Welfare)
  3. The Dairy Cow Health and Welfare Programme (Funded by the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship Scheme)

 

Refining Current Systems of Early Warning and Prevention of On-Farm Animal Welfare Incidents

The objective of this research was to better understand risk factors associated with on-farm animal welfare incidents and to help refine current systems of early warning and prevention of on-farm animal welfare incidents. The outcomes of this research are published in two peer-reviewed papers:

Kelly, P.C., More, S.J., Blake, M., Higgins, I., Clegg, T.A., Hanlon, A.J. (2013) 'Validation of key indicators on cattle farms at high risk of animal welfare problems - a qualitative case-control study'. Veterinary Record.

Kelly, P.C., More, S.J., Blake, M. and Hanlon, A.J.; (2011) 'Identification of key performance indicators for on-farm animal welfare incidents: possible tools for early warning and prevention'. Irish Veterinary Journal , 64. 

 

The UCD Review of Horse Welfare in Ireland

To mark the completion of this research in 2010, a report entitled Challenges & Solutions to Support Good Equine Welfare Practice in Ireland was published.  In addition to this report, we have published six peer reviewed papers.

 

Front cover of the UCD equine welfare report

Collins, J.A., Hanlon, A., More, S.J., Wall, P.G., McKenzie, K., Duggan, V. (2012) 'Use of qualitative methods to identify solutions to selected equine welfare problems in Ireland'. Veterinary Record , 170 (17). 

Collins, J., Hanlon, A., More, S.J., Wall, P.G. and Duggan, V. ; (2011) 'Aspects of the owning/keeping and disposal of horses, and how these relate to equine health/welfare in Ireland'. Irish Veterinary Journal , 64: 11 . 

Collins, J., More, S.J., Hanlon, A. and Duggan, V.; (2010) 'A case study of equine welfare on an Irish farm 2007-2009'. Veterinary Record , 167 (3):90-95.

Collins, J., Hanlon, A., More, S.J., Wall, P., Kennedy, J. and Duggan, V.; (2010) 'Evaluation of current equine welfare issues in Ireland: Causes, desirability, feasibility and means of raising standards'. Equine Veterinary Journal , 42 (2):105-113. 

Collins J, Hanlon A, More S.J., Wall P.G., Duggan V; (2009) 'Policy Delphi with vignette methodology as a tool to evaluate the perceptionof equine welfare'. The Veterinary Journal ,.

Collins, J., Hanlon, A., More, S.J. and Duggan, V. ; (2008) 'The structure and regulation of the Irish equine industry: links to consideration of equine welfare'. Irish Veterinary Journal , 61 (11):746-756. 

 

The Dairy Cow Health and Welfare Programme

The Dairy Cow Health and Welfare Programme was conducted in collaboration with Dr Laura Boyle at Teagasc Moorepark between 2002 and 2008. This research programme included investigating the welfare implications of alternative over-wintering systems for dairy cows and genotype x environment interactions. Five postgraduate students have successfully completed Masters and PhD theses during this research programme.

 

G. Olmos, L. Boyle, B. Horan, D. P. Berry, P. O¿Connor, J. F. Mee and A. Hanlon; (2009) 'Effect of genetic group and feed system on locomotion score, clinical lameness and hoof disorders of pasture-based Holstein–Friesian cows'. Animal , 3 (1):96-107.

Olmos, G,Boyle, L,Hanlon, A,Patton, J,Murphy, JJ,Mee, JF; (2009) 'Hoof disorders, locomotion ability and lying times of cubicle-housed compared to pasture-based dairy cows'. Livestock Science , 125 :199-207.

Olmos G, Mee JF, Hanlon A, Patton J, Murphy J and Boyle L; (2009) 'Peripartum health and welfare of Holstein-Friesian cows in a confinement TMR system compared to a pasture-based system'. Animal Welfare , 18 :467-476.

O'Driscoll, K.M., Hanlon, A., French, P. and Boyle, L.A.; (2009) 'The effects of two out-wintering pad systems comparedwith free-stalls on dairy cow hoof and limb health'. Journal of Dairy Science , 76 :59-65.

Olmos, G., Boyle, L., Horan, B., Berry, D.P., Sayers, R., Hanlon, A. and Mee, J.F.; (2009) 'Effect of Holstein–Friesian genetic group on peripartum and early lactation haematological and acute phase proteins profiles, health and fertility'. Animal , .

O'Driscoll K, Boyle L, Hanlon A, Buckley F and French P; (2009) 'The effect of dry cow winter management system on feed intake, performance & estimated energy demand'. Animal , .

O'Driscoll, K., Boyle, L. and A. Hanlon ; (2008) 'A brief note on the validation of a system for recording lying behaviour in dairy cows'. Applied Animal Behavioural Science , 111 :195-200.

O'Driscoll, K., Hanlon, A. and Boyle, L.; (2008) 'The Effect of Out-Wintering Pad Design on the Synchrony of Dairy Cow Behavior'. Journal of Dairy Science , 91 :4651-4660.

O'Driscoll, K., Boyle, B. French, P., Meaney, B. and Hanlon, A.; (2008) 'The Effect of Out-Wintering Pad Design on Dirtiness Score, Somatic Cell Score and Mastitis Incidence in Dairy Cows'. Animal , 2 :912-920.

O'Driscoll, K., Boyle, L., French, P., Hanlon, A. ; (2008) 'The effect of out-wintering pad design on hoof health and locomotion score of dairy cows'. Journal of Dairy Science , 91 (2):544-553.

O'Driscoll, K., Boyle, L., and Hanlon, A.; (2008) 'The effect of breed and housing system on dairy cow feeding and lying behaviour'. Applied Animal Behavioural Science.