Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens


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The GroupHouseNet aim is to provide the European livestock industry with innovations in breeding and management for pigs and poultry that are needed for a successful transition to large group housing systems without necessitating painful tail docking and beak trimming.

Measuring Behaviour Conference
Breed4Food (B$F) and the COST action GroupHouseNet organised a symposium at the Measuring Behaviour conference recently held in Manchester, UK. During the symposium 'Application of sensor technologies in animal breeding' on the 8th June, animal breeders and researchers using state of the art technologies to track and monitor animals in groups were brought together. Further details can be found here.
From Beak to Tail.....

On 7 August the GroupHouseNet COST action and FareWellDock – Network organised a one-day satellite meeting, which was the day before the 2017 annual congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. This brought together researchers working within the field of damaging behaviour in both pigs and poultry. The meeting focused on two main themes: ‘Mechanisms underlying the link between health and damaging behaviour’, and ‘Predisposing factors for damaging behaviour during early development’. Further details available here!