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Animal welfare programme

Food security challenges include animal welfare. Image: Scotland's Rural University College

The UK is home to the largest sheep farming industry in Europe. But many people are worried that animal welfare concerns are not properly addressed in the drive to increase the productivity and efficiency of pig, sheep, cattle and poultry rearing.

Data breakout

4.4 million Number of pigs on UK farms in 2010
55 billion Number of chickens produced globally in 2010
7+ institutions Involved in Animal Welfare Programme

Many people feel that good farming begins with good animal husbandry, and that the welfare of animals should be an integral part of farming that should not take second, third or fourth place to productivity or profit. The BBSRC Animal Welfare Programme (AWP) focused research to better understand the science of animal welfare so we can more accurately identify factors that can improve (or reduce) an animal's quality of life.

Launched in 2005, the five-year £8M programme is comprised of three research strands involving researchers from the UK’s leading veterinary schools and associated institutions.