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ANIMAL WELFARE
Dairy cow welfare initiative launched

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A NEW initiative to improve the welfare of dairy cows in the UK has been launched by the RSPCA, the Soil Association and the University of Bristol. The aim is to introduce a standardised system of practical, reliable and scientifically robust observation methods for assessing the wellbeing of cows, which includes looking at mobility, body condition and cleanliness.

The initiative is part of a five-year project called AssureWel, which is running between 2010 and 2015, funded by the Tubney Charitable Trust. The project was set up to provide a practical system to enable farmers, vets and other animal welfare professionals …

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