Global Care4Cattle initiative offers € 30,000 in support of innovative thinking towards enhancing cattle well-being on farm level
Bayer has launched a € 30,000 global Care4Cattle initiative towards recognising innovative thinking in advancing animal well-being, in partnership with the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).
Animal well-being is synonymous with good welfare, which relates to both the physical health and mental well-being of the animal. Improvements in animal well-being are an on-going process and they require collaboration and commitment. The Care4Cattle initiative offers supportive grants to livestock veterinarians, farmers and scientists who are working to further enhance dairy and beef cattle well-being in innovative and practice-oriented ways on farm level. Bayer offers a total funding of € 30,000 that will be awarded in support of projects selected by a jury comprising of independent animal well-being experts, alongside representatives from the World Farmers’ Organisation and Bayer.
Submissions for the Care4Cattle grant are welcome from farmers and farm animal keepers, practising veterinarians working closely with farmers to implement well-being advancements, as well as researchers and graduate students in veterinary medicine or animal science who engage with farmers in the research on cattle well-being. The projects need to demonstrate innovative, practice-oriented ways to improve cattle well-being on farm level. Submissions are accepted until 25th June 2018.
Theo De Jager, President of the World Farmers’ Organisation said: “Animal well-being is of growing emphasis around the world. Effective implementation of sustainable animal well-being standards requires constant innovation, as well as a strong partnership between farmers, industry, all levels of government and the community. For these reasons we are pleased to be able to collaborate with Bayer on this project. Improving cattle well-being at farm level benefits the animals, and this ultimately also benefits the farmers.”