Assess the merits and impact of the application of new standards for livestock areas (animal density) on swine welfare, zootechnical performances and the economics of Quebec barns
Building and livestock management | Management and Economics | Animal Well-Being
Aim / objectives:
Study the rationale or scientific basis that led to the development of standards for space allowances contained in the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, and in the European legislation (a proposal to amend the current standards and to further increase the space to be provided). Quantify the impact that the systematic adoption of such standards might have on the techno-economic performances and welfare of finisher pigs in Quebec.
Agricultural Economist; Joël Rivest; Johanne Nadeau