Research updates

Student research update:
Every year, AWF offers funding for short research projects by UK students of up to 6 weeks duration. The aim of these projects is to deepen the student’s understanding of animal welfare and inspire the next generation of animal welfare researchers. This year, we will hear an update on University of Bristol student Laura Simons’ project, entitled Confidence and capability to identify and treat stress in horses.

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Breeding for better welfare research update:
In 2021 AWF launched its three-year theme ‘Breeding for Better Welfare’, a wide-spanning theme encompassing welfare issues across a range of species. As well as guiding AWF’s research calls, the theme also contributes to our activities of discussion and debate. This year, we will hear an update on a project that was awarded funding in 2021 entitled Breeding for better broiler welfare: balancing sustainability, economic and consumer preferences. This project, investigated by Associate Professor in Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science Siobhan Abeyesinghe, focusses on exploring the opportunities, challenges and information gaps in transitioning production of broiler (meat) chickens to higher welfare production.

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