Prof. Tina Widowski (animal health and welfare)

Prof. Tina Widowski (animal health and welfare)


[music] Concern for the welfare
of farm animals is changing the way
food is being marketed and also changing
the way that farmers are housing and
caring for animals. The research that my
students and I conduct is used to inform
new policies and new practices that
farmers adopt. It ranges from using
animal behavior and animal preferences to
measures of health and physical well-being,
and this provides a balance for decision-
making on animal care. One of the most
exciting aspects of my research is the
fact that much of it gets applied almost
directly into policy and this is probably
one of the most rewarding aspects of
it when I see my students’ publications
reference and codes of practice
or animal care guidelines, or I
hear about farmers adopting new practices
because of our research results and
this happens all the time. We’re doing a lot
of work now on experience of the
pullet, that’s the young laying hen,
and how her early experience affects
her behavior and her health throughout
her entire life. This might be
providing access to exercise or
environmental enrichment. We’re even going back
prenatally and looking how the experiences
of her mother affect her behavior. [music]

Daniel Yohans

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