Changing Lives Improving Life
5th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level
August 8-11, 2011 | University of Guelph

Programme at a glance

Monday August 8th

14:00 – 17:00

Registration open (Rozanski Concourse)

18:00 – 20:00

Registration open (Science Complex Atrium)

18:30 – 20:30

Welcome Reception (Science Complex Atrium)

Tuesday August 9th

7:30 – 11:00

Registration open (Rozanski Concourse)

8:30

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Dr. Deborah Stark, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

8:55 – 10:05

Session 1: Farm animal welfare assessment and sustainability – Connecting social and environmental aspects of measuring welfare

10:05

Coffee Break

10:35 – 11:30

Free papers and discussion

11:30 - 12:00 Business Meeting WAFL 2014

12:15

Lunch (Creelman Hall)

13:30 – 15:05

Session 2: Lessons learned from new and existing welfare assessment schemes

14:50 – 15:05

Free papers

15:05

Coffee Break

15:35 – 17:15

Free papers and discussion

17:30 – 19:00

Poster Session, Wine and Cheese (Peter Clark Hall)

Wednesday August 10th

7:00 – 9:00

Registration open (Rozanski Concourse)

8:00 – 9:20

Session 3: Welfare assessment during transport, euthanasia and slaughter

9:20 – 10:05

Free Papers

10:05

Coffee Break

10:35 – 12:00

Free papers and discussion

12:00

Lunch/Poster Session (Peter Clark Hall)

13:30 – 14:50

Session 4: Our experience beyond the farm – animal welfare assessment for zoos, laboratories and animal shelters

14:50 – 15:35

Free Papers

15:35

Coffee Break

16:05 – 17:00

Free papers and discussion

18:30

Banquet (Creelman Hall)

Thursday August 11th

8:00 – 9:35

Session 5: New and emerging methods for animal welfare assessment

9:35

Coffee Break

10:05 – 12:10

Session 6: Working with end-users of animal welfare schemes

12:10

Closing remarks

Theatre presentations:
Title and presenting author

Tuesday August 9th

8:55 – 10:05

Session 1:       Farm animal welfare assessment and sustainability – Connecting social and environmental aspects of measuring welfare

8:55

Farm animal assessment and sustainability
F. Mitloehner

9:35

Use of Farmer Focus Groups to explore compliance issues relating to a scheme for suckler beef cows
A. M. Dwane

9:50

Expert opinion on animal welfare and non-compliance with legislation and and non-compliance with legislation in Swedish animal husbandry
J. Hultgren

10:35 – 11:05

Free papers

10:35

AssureWel: Incorporation of welfare outcomes into UK laying hen assurance schemes
D. C.J. Main

10:50

Lying behaviour as a welfare indicator on North American freestall farms
A. K. Barrientos

13:30 – 15:05

Session 2:       Lessons learned from new and existing welfare assessment schemes

13:30  

Measuring Up to Expectations: The Use of Animal Outcome Indicators in Welfare Assessment
L. Keeling

14:10

Challenges to Implementing Animal Welfare Standards in New Zealand
C. O’Connor

14:50 – 17:15

Free papers

14:50

Characteristics of dairy herds in different Welfare Quality® categories
M. DeVries

15:35

Welfare risk factor analysis for commercial broiler chickens on farm
A. Bassler

15:50

Analysis of discomfort of animals 
F. Neijenhuis

16:05

Evaluation of the sample needed to accurately estimate outcome-based measurements of dairy welfare on farm
M. I. Endres

16:20

Can monitoring water consumption at pen level detect changes in health and welfare in small groups of pigs? 
Y. M.  Seddon

16:35

Qualitative Behaviour Assessment in sheep: consistency across time and association with health indicators
C.J. Phythian

Wednedsay August 10th

8:00 – 9:20

Session 3: Welfare assessment during transport, euthanasia and slaughter

8:00

Developing measures for auditing welfare of cattle and pigs at slaughter
T. Grandin

8:40 

Monitoring Farm Animal Welfare During Euthanasia for Disease Eradication Purposes
C. Berg

9:20 Use of video recordings, a vehicle tri-axial accelerometer and GPS system to study the effects of driving events on the stability and resting behavior of cattle, young calves and pigsM.S. Cockram
9:35 Assessing welfare during transport: relationships between truck temperature, pig behavior, blood stress markers and meat quality
J. Brown
9:50 Animal welfare and different pre-slaughter procedures in Uruguay
M. Del Campo

10:35 - 12:00

Free papers

10:35  

Body space requirements of broilers depend on density and compression allowed  
P. Koene

10:50

Kinematic analysis of broiler leg health
G. Caplen

11:05

A protocol for measuring foot pad lesions in commercial broiler houses
I. C. DeJong

11:20

Conflicting expectations to welfare inspections expressed by Danish farmers
I. Anneberg

13:30 – 14:50

Session 4:       Our experience beyond the farm – animal welfare assessment for zoos, laboratories and animal shelters 

13:30

Welfare Assessment in Zoo Animals: Past, Present and Future
N. Wielebnowski

14:10

Research animal welfare assessment in the United States 
K. Bayne

14:50-17:15

Free papers

14:50 

Development and validation of an audit system to assess welfare on large felids in captivity  
B. Zapata

15:05

Assessing fear in farmed mink: validity and sensitivity of the “glove test”
R. Meagher

15:20

The development of an on-farm welfare assessment protocol for foxes – WelFur
J. Mononen

16:05

Farm animal welfare: assessing risks attributable to the prenatal environment
K.M.D. Rutherford

16:20

Epidemiological relationships between cage design, feather cover and feather cleanliness of commercial laying hens
R. C.  Newberry

16:35

Milk recordings and meat inspection data as a diagnostic tool for identifying dairy herds with welfare problems
N. D. Otten

Thursday August 11

8:00 – 9:35

Session 5: New and emerging methods for animal welfare assessment

8:00

Automated Monitoring of Animal Welfare Indicators
J. Rushen

8:40

Non-invasive Measures of Stress for Monitoring Animal Welfare: Possibilities and Limitations
R. Palme

9:20

Development of a novel and automated measure of affect in pigs
P. Statham

10:05 – 12:30

Session 6: Working with end-users of animal welfare schemes

10:05 

Applying welfare training in global commercial settings
A. Butterworth

10:45

Use of Independent Third Party Remote Video Auditing to Enhance Animal Welfare
M. Siemens

11:25

Tools for improved animal welfare in Swedish dairy production
J. Carlsson

Poster presentations:
Title and presenting author

Tuesday August 9 & Wednesday August 10

1

Trade-off between animal welfare and cost price: broiler catching as a case
Bokkers , E.

2

Evaluation of the preference for different free-stall bedding systems by dairy cows under field conditions
Jahn-Falk , D.

3

Modelling the welfare of growing-finishing pigs: a meta-analytical approach
Meunier-Salaün , M.C.

4

Test-retest repeatability of the Welfare Quality® assessment protocol for growing pigs on intensive farms
Temple , D.

5

Thermal imaging to detect stress and empathic responsiveness in chickens
Edgar , J.

6

The impact of lameness on the level of pain and decrease in productivity of finisher pigs using expert opinions
Birk Jensen , T.

7

Automated assessment of lameness in dairy cows with accelerometers
Chapinal , N.

8

Effects of long rope tethering on dairy calf behaviour
Seo , T.

9

Welfare assessment of pigs at slaughter based on critical control points
Von Borell , E.

10

Assessing farm animal welfare without visiting the farm – is it possible and useful?
Sørensen , J.T.

11

Simplification of furnished cages for laying hens
Tanaka , T.

12

Assessment of beef welfare quality® protocol in extensive systems
Huertas , S.

13

Radiography of laying hens: a useful tool for identifying keel bone fractures and assessing fracture healing in live birds
Richards , G.J.

14

Effect of different environmental conditions in tie-stall barns on claw health in Finnish dairy cattle
Häggman , J.

15

Health and behavioral measures in farmed foxes: inter-observer reliability of farm averages
Ahola , L.

16

Inter- and intra-observer reliability for assessing sheep welfare on pasture
Brule , A.

17

Assessing cow comfort with variable weight for parameters depending on their score
Van Eerdenburg , F.

18

Effect of summer grazing on the probability of hock joint injuries in intensive dairy cow production systems
Burow , E.

19

A new model for corporate-driven animal welfare assessments: benchmarking cow comfort as a service for dairy farmers
Von Keyserlingk , M.A.G.

20

Evaluating the diagnostic performance of indicators of young lamb welfare
Phythian , C.J.

21

Evaluating the diagnostic performance of indicators of sheep welfare
Phythian , C.J.

22

Heat tolerance in crossbred sheep
Lima , F.G.

23

Assessment of animal welfare on dairy farms in Santa Catarina state, Brazil
Cardoso Costa , J.H.

24

Risk based animal welfare assessment in sow herds based on central database information on medication
Knage-Rasmussen , K.M.

25

Effects of milkers’ attitudes and behavior on cows’ avoidance distance and impacts on udder health in Swiss dairy herds
Ivemeyer , S.

26

Challenges in using Welfare Quality® principles for the development of an on-farm welfare assessment system for mink
Møller , S.H.

27

Stereotypic behaviour: a useful indicator for unfulfilled feeding motivation in mink
Hansen , S.W.

28

Dystocial dairy calves: condemned to poor welfare?
Barrier , A.C.

29

Assessment of fearfulness, stress and feather damage in commercial laying hen parent stock flocks
De Haas , E.N.

30

Practical animal based measures for assessing the effectiveness of a novel stunning device for rabbits

Rau , J.

31

Can early handling of suckler beef calves reduce their timidity towards humans?
Probst , J.K.

32

Assessment of horse welfare in the Netherlands: how to train the assessors to achieve reliable animal measurements?
Neijenhuis , F.

33

Behavioral ecology of captive species: using behavioural needs to assess and enhance welfare of zoo animals
Koene , P.

34

Behavior, management and welfare of sled dogs in the Netherlands
Koene , P.

35

Output vs design indicators: a review of the benefits and drawbacks for on-farm welfare assessment
Veissier , I.

36

Inter- and intra-observer reliability of experienced and inexperienced observers for the Qualitative Behaviour Assessment in dairy cattle
Bokkers , E.

37

Development of a welfare assessment protocol for caged gamebirds during the laying season
Matheson , S.M.

38

Thermal nociception as a tool to investigate NSAID analgesia in a model of inflammatory pain in broilers
Caplen , G.

39

Improving the practicality of measuring motivation for food in ruminants
Doughty , A.K.

40

Estimating deep body temperature in animal welfare studies; non-invasive alternatives?
Mitchell , M.A.

41

Applying Welfare Quality® strategy to interpret and aggregate welfare measures for farmed fur animals
Veissier , I.

42

Impact of maternal equine appeasing pheromone (EAP) during a short term transport in saddle horses
Cozzi , A.

43

Objective assessment of pain in dairy cattle with clinical mastitis
Fitzpatrick , C.E.

44

Development of precision livestock farming solutions for animal health and welfare
Roulston , N.

45

Interest of MHUSA (Mother Hen Uropygial Secretion Analogue) in the management of stress in caged laying hens
Pageat , P.

46

Making pig welfare improvements possible health and welfare planning on austrian organic pig farms
Leeb , C.

47

The acute phase protein, haptoglobine: a potential parameter in welfare assessment?
Ott , S.

48

Developing a new acceleration sensor for measuring the lying time of dairy cows
Tamminen , P.

49

Technical description and prelimanry results of subcutaneous ecg, activity and temperature logger for dairy cattle
Saarijärvi , K.

50

Use of eye white and heart rate as dynamic indicators of welfare in Holstein dairy cattle
Tucker , A.L.

51

Thermographic techniques to assess welfare during teeth grinding in piglets
Redaelli , V.

52

Demonstration of thermoregulatory control of piglets during farrowing by infrared thermography
Luzi , F.

53

Correlation between stepping and heart rate variability in dairy cow at milking
Speroni , M.

54

Animal based parameters from the farmers’ point of view - results of a pilot study on the implementation of herd health and welfare plans in german organic dairy herds
Brinkmann , J.

55

Improving welfare for dairy cows and calves at separation
Grøndahl , A.M.

56

Innovative animal-based measures for monitoring the welfare of broiler chickens
Tuyttens , F.A.M.

57

Analysis of dynamics of aggression as a tool to improve group housing for rabbit does
De Jong , I.C.

58

Assessment of mechanical pain sensitivity in the pig’s tail
Di Giminiani , P.

59

Is the response to humans consistent over productive life in dairy cows?
Haskell , M.J.

60

Comparison of different behaviors as indicators of distress in piglets euthanized via CO2 or mixed CO2:Argon gas at different flow rates using the Smart Box euthanasia device
Millman , S.

61

A preliminary study on the assessment of pain induced by mutilation in piglets
Lonardi , C.

62

Welfare and behaviour in an aviary laying-hen housing system
Parsons , R.

63

The care and welfare of horses destined for slaughter: recommended handling guidelines and animal welfare assessment tool for horses
Woods , J.

64

Can feather scoring be used to assess the degree of chronic hunger in broiler breeder hens?
Morrissey , K.L.H.

65

Prevalence of sickness behavior in neonatal dairy calves at a commercial heifer facility and associations with ADG and illness
Stanton , A.L.

66

Use of pedometry for detection of lameness caused by digital dermatitis in dairy cows
Higginson , J.H.

67

A training program to ensure high repeatability of injury and body condition scores of dairy cows
Gibbons , J.

68

Automated monitoring of lying time of dairy cows: on-farm sampling of animals based on individual differences
Vasseur , E.

69

Assessing the welfare of dairy calves: outcome-based measures of calf health versus input-based measures of the use of risky management practices
Vasseur , E.

70

Inter-observer reliability of two systems for assessing body condition score of sows
Lawlis , P.

71

Analysis of the cash euthanizer system in commercial production settings
Woods , J.A.

72

An assessment of the aggressive interactions of horses kept in large groups in a feedlot environment
Robertshaw , M.

73

Animal Welfare Judging & Assessment Competition (AWJAC): live & virtual assessments
Siegford , J.

74

Provision of open water for farmed ducks: integration of methodologies and commercial application
Liste , G.

75

Improving utility of animal-based measures of welfare through amendment to audit protocol
Brown , A.F.

76

Relationship between piglets skin temperature measured by infrared thermography and environmental temperature in a vehicle in transit: a preliminary study
Redaelli , V.

77

Infrared thermography: a non invasive technique to asses metabolic activity in horses
Luzi , F.

78

Are modified bell drinkers a suitable water source in the Pekin duck production, concerning animal health and behavior?
Bergmann , S.

79

Evaluation of poultry welfare on Lithuanian farms
Ribikauskas , V.

80

Health characteristics of fattening pigs reared at pasture compared to 5 indoor housing systems
Tozawa , A.

81

The implementation of animal welfare in GLOBAL GAP for livestock producers and the impact on auditing – a practical, global perspective
Aumueller , R.K.

82

Implementing the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) 5-step animal welfare program: a retailer's perspective
Malleau , A.E.

83

Robot milking does not seem to affect whether or not cows feel secure among humans
Andreasen , S.N.

84

Assessment of pig welfare in different housing systems
Juskiene , V.

85

Preference and lying time of beef steers housed on rubber-covered slats vs. concrete slats
Plaster , S.

86

Analysis about the accurate point of encounter during stunning of cattle with the captive-bolt pistol
Bergmann , S.

87

Can pigs discriminate using social categories?
Jones , S.

88

The 'auntie effect': presence of an older companion reduces calf responses to weaning
De Paula Vieira , A.

89

Structural MRI of piglet brain development from postnatal day 1 through 28
Nordquist , R.E.

90

Use of a competition index to describe differences in physiological parameters associated with energy metabolism and stress in overstocked Holstein dairy cattle
Huzzey , J.M.