Looking for farmers to take part in a project to help inform future funding opportunities

2nd June 2021

ADAS are looking for beef farmers to take part in a Defra-funded research project to inform development of a future voluntary scheme to financially support farmers in delivering good animal welfare. 

ADAS are looking for farmers that have welfare enhancements in place, are achieving good animal welfare and/or are part of a higher welfare or organic farm assurance scheme. In particular, they would like to speak to beef farmers who are:

-       Providing their animals with access to pasture during the grazing period (180 days or more depending on geographical area).

-       Rearing horned (non-disbudded) and/or polled breeds

-       Rearing non-castrated cattle

-       Using nurse cows to foster calves / multi-suckling systems

Project participants will need to fill out an online survey about their farming system and welfare enhancements. Once the survey is complete, a follow up call will be arranged with a researcher to discuss the costs and welfare benefits in more detail.

Farmers will be paid £100 for taking part to compensate for their time. Farmers will need to provide welfare, performance and cost records and be willing to discuss their experience of implementing higher welfare enhancements.

If you or someone you know is achieving one or more of the above welfare enhancements, then please contact Hannah Baldwin.

Email: hannah.baldwin@adas.co.uk

or call 07785 708545.

All data collected will remain strictly confidential and any farms that take part will not be identifiable in the results.

Beef Project Information Sheet

If you are interested, details can be viewed through the following link:https://www.adas.uk/News/welfare-enhancements-for-cattle-share-your-experiences