The herd

The herd

Area 2. Transition towards livestock systems and practices that guarantee health and welfare at the farm scale

Research questions

Vaches couchées


  • How do interactions between individuals, and between individuals and their environment, impact the health and welfare of animals (communication of positive emotions, microbiome flows, exchanges of pathogenic agents between animals and their environment)?.
  • What are the equilibria and compromises that need to be found between health and welfare while minimising the impact of these changes to practices on other types of performance.
  • What are the farmers obstacles and drivers for changing to practices that favour animal health and welfare?
  • What are their impacts in terms of farmer well-being and organisation of working patterns. What are the conditions for their economic viability?

In this folder

photo porcelet
[Project] : Pig welfare and Immune Programming: determination and exploration of metabolic and epigenetic mechanisms
photo institution crosbanim
[Project] : This project will produce knowledge on the institutional conditions for the coexistence or hybridisation of animal health and welfare. It will also provide a basis for future-oriented thinking on interdisciplinary research in the animal sciences and the humanities and social sciences, and more broadly on the future of livestock farming in our societies up to 2050
Photo poule
[Projet] : Today, animal welfare is not simply restricted to ensuring adequate housing and food, good health, an absence of negative emotions and the presence of positive emotional states.
photo bovin
[Projet] : a number of studies are underway to design farming methods that encourage the young-adult bond. Among these, the rearing of calves by nurse cows is a ground-breaking innovation, developed and disseminated within socio-technical networks of grassland farmers.
photo moutons
[Project] : The project proposes four case studies designed to explore and describe the ways in which animals leave work, leading to a more general understanding of the underlying socio-technical mechanisms.
illustration ordinateur
[Consortium] : Technological advances have greatly increased the potential to collect livestock data automatically and at high frequency, at different scales and ever-lower costs
photo mouton
[Consortium] :The influence of environmental events experienced at an early age on the development of an individual's well-being and health is no longer to be ignored in livestock species. The mother's nutritional status, pre- and post-natal stress, mother's milk, solid food and its nature, the microbiota and social experience are all factors that shape the individual with more or less long-term effects.
Photo bovin
[Consortium] :New agro-ecological practices will significantly alter farming methods and lead to more rational use of medicinal and phytosanitary inputs, conditions which could potentially affect the health and well-being of the animals. Under these conditions, pro- and antioxidant mechanisms are central to the adaptation of animals to their environment.
photo de truite
[Project] : to assess the effects of an innovative enrichment system involving the introduction of a pipe generating a curtain of bubbles into the tank from the earliest stages of life, since preliminary observations have shown that fish are attracted to areas where bubbles are diffused.
Photo porcelet
[Projet] : In animal husbandry, the term "weaning" is associated with the end of milk intake, and generally takes place at 21 or 28 days of age in conventional pig farming.
  • 1 (page)

Modification date: 01 August 2023 | Publication date: 26 February 2021 | By: Com