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Dairy cow welfare measures: Can production economic data help?

Addisu Adamie, Birhanu and Uehleke, Reinhard and Hansson, Helena and Musshoff, Oliver and Huettel, Silke (2022). Dairy cow welfare measures: Can production economic data help? Sustainable Production and Consumption. 32 , 296-305
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Using a dataset from dairy farms in Germany that combines two types of welfare measures, namely welfare quality protocol (WQP) measures and production economic and herd-management data, this study aims to validate the use of production economic and herd-management data to proxy dairy cow welfare measures. The paper implements two multivariate estimation approaches of Seemingly Unrelated Estimation and Canonical Correlation Analysis. Data from on-farm animal welfare assessments based on WQP require time intensive collection and are typically unavailable for research based on large-scale panel datasets. On the other hand, survey data on production economic and herd management are available for such analysis, especially in European countries, but their informational value regarding animal welfare is debated. In this paper, we were able to establish relationships between the four WQP principles (feed, health, housing, behaviour) and variables from production economics and herd-management data. We find that concentrated feed, building costs, cell counts, milk fat content, calving intervals, and age at calving have strong links to the different principles of the WQP measures. In conclusion, our findings support the use of already existing and routinely collected production economic and herd-management data from dairy cows to enable an analysis of farm animal welfare on a larger scale using panel data. (c) 2022 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Institution of Chemical Engineers. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Authors/Creators:Addisu Adamie, Birhanu and Uehleke, Reinhard and Hansson, Helena and Musshoff, Oliver and Huettel, Silke
Title:Dairy cow welfare measures: Can production economic data help?
Series Name/Journal:Sustainable Production and Consumption
Year of publishing :2022
Page range:296-305
Number of Pages:10
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Farm animal welfare, Welfare quality protocol, Dairy cow management, Seemingly unrelated estimation, Canonical correlation analysis
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Web of Science (WoS)000799615300007
ID Code:28406
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
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Deposited On:22 Jun 2022 06:25
Metadata Last Modified:22 Jun 2022 06:31

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