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WAFL2017 Provisional Programme

Tuesday 5 September Innovation Day

08:00 – Registration and information desk opens, coffee, set up market stands

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and introduction, Martin Scholten, Director of the Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen University & Research 
Chair Bas Rodenburg Location THEATRE AZURE

09:45 – 10:30

Keynote lecture Dan Weary (UBC Canada)

Innovations to improve animal welfare: what have we reached and what should we aim for?

10:30 – 12:00 Pitch presentations welfare innovations

Joep Driessen, Jan Hulsen* and Wiebe Veenstra

Keep cow and calf health and stress-free with cowsignals cuddle box

Elske de Haas*, Jerine van der Eijk, Lydia Nieuwe Weme, Bram van Mil and Bas Rodenburg

Phenolab: ultra-wide band tracking of individual group housed laying hens

Steen Møller*, Britt Henriksen and Anna Marsbøll

Full-scale implementation of WelFur-Mink in Europe – only certified pelts will be sold from 2020

Maikel Timmerman, Marion Kluivers-Poodt, Inonge Reimert, Herman Vermeer*, Ruud Barth, Gert Kootstra, Johan van Riel and Kees Lokhorst

Creating Resilience in Pigs Through Artificial InteLligence (CuRly Pig TAIL)

Margit Dall Aaslyng, Helle Daugaard Larsen*, Glenn Brink Nielsen and Per Black

Measuring tail length and tail bites on pig carcasses

Anne van den Oever*, Liebregts Bas and Lotte van de Ven

Q-perch helps fight poultry red mite

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break Location SALON CLAIRE

11:30 – 12:05 Pitch presentations welfare innovations Location THEATRE AZURE

Monique Mul*, Johan van Riel, Peter Groot Koerkamp, Marcel Dicke, Ger Schoeber and Diederik Fetter

The automated mite monitoring tool for advancing integrated pest management for Dermanyssus gallinae

Paul Jackson

Innovative concept building design using passive technology to improve resource efficiency

David Speller

OPTIFarm broiler management

Paul Koene

Adding social network information to automated dairy cow management

Elnaz Khatami

Improving animal health and welfare by on-line SCC monitoring instrument 'LUCI'

Marko Ruis, Annemarie Mens, Ruud Zanders and Janmar Katoele*

Feeding live black soldier fly larvae and effects on health, welfare and production of laying hens

Carla van der Pol

HatchCare, the poultry incubator with feed, light, and water

12:05 – 12:35 Panel discussion and voting best pitch

12:35 – 13:30 Lunch Location SALON CLAIRE

13:30 – 16:00 Innovation Market: 20 stands where innovations are presented, three stands where innovations in cattle, poultry and pigs can be discussed in three rounds (1 challenges, 2 ideas, 3 innovations)

16:00 – 17:00 Wrap up Innovation Market and voting innovation award

17:00 – 22:00 Drinks and dinner, welcome reception WAFL congress

Wednesday 6 September 2017

7:30 Registration and information desk opens & coffee Location SALON CLAIRE

8:30 – 9:00 Opening & welcome Location THEATRE AZURE

Session: Sustainability and animal welfare
Chair: Elsa Vasseur

9:00 – 9:45

Keynote lecture Imke de Boer

Future food systems: implications for animal welfare

9:45 – 10:00

Carolina Munoz*, Angus Campbell, Paul Hemsworth and Rebecca Doyle

On-farm ewe welfare and its relationship with farmer management styles

10:00 – 10:15

Luiza Toma, Marie Haskell*, Andrew Barnes and Alistair Stott

Relationship between animal welfare, production and environmental performance of dairy farms


10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break and posters Location SALON CLAIRE

Session: Sustainability and animal welfare / Free papers Location THEATRE AZURE
Chair: Jan Tind Sørensen

10:45 – 11:00

Evelien De Olde*, Eddie Bokkers and, Imke de Boer

The evaluation of animal welfare in sustainability assessment tools

11:00 – 11:15

Lukas Tremetsberger, Jochen Kantelhardt and Christoph Winckler*

Animal health and welfare state and technical efficiency of dairy farms: possible synergies

11:15 – 11:30

Sajeev Erangu Purath Mohankumar*, Kian Mintz-Woo, Barbara Amo and Wilfried Winiwarter

Ethical and agronomical considerations towards a sustainable pig housing system

11:30 – 11:45

Xavier Boivin*, P. Malarange, A. Jarousse, J.M. Gautier, C. Mallet, F. Bouvier, M.M. Mialon, F. Kling-Eveillard and L.A. Guilloteau

Farmers’ practices and attitudes towards artificial fed lambs and their mortality in meat systems

11:45 – 12:00

Helena Telkanranta* and Anna Valros

Could pigs have unidentified behavioural needs that warrant inclusion in future welfare assessments?


12:00 – 13:30 Lunch and posters, poster authors are encouraged to be present at their poster Location SALON CLAIRE

Session: Animal welfare in society Location THEATRE AZURE
Chair: Daniel Weary

13:30 – 14:15

Keynote lecture Noëlle Aarts

The art of dialogue

14:15 – 14:30

Katherine Koralesky* and David Fraser

Dairy industry stakeholder perceptions of British Columbia’s emergency slaughter program

14:30 – 14:45

Sarah Gauly, Marie Von Meyer-Höfe, Achim Spille and Gesa Busch*

Does the background matter – people's perception of pictures of pigs in different farm settings

14:45 – 15:00

Lenka Van Riemsdijk*, Paul T.M. Ingenbleek, Gerrita Van Der Veen and Hans C.M. van Trijp

Addressing the social dilemma in animal-friendly product choice with positioning strategies

15:00 – 15:15

Karianne Muri*, Per Arne Tufte and Randi Oppermann Moe

Sheep farmers’ behavioural attitudes are associated with intrinsic motivation and job satisfaction

15:15 – 15:30

Manika Rödiger*, Meike Janssen and Ulrich Hamm

Multi-level animal welfare labels reflect consumer preferences: insights from a systematic review

15:30 – 16:30 Tea /coffee and posters, authors of even numbered posters will present their posters Location SALON CLAIRE

16:30 – 18:00 Workshops

Workshop 1

Hanneke Nijland

Workshop animal farming and consumption

Location BACH 1-2

Workshop 2

Bas Engel and Bart Ampe

Sensible statistics in animal welfare research

Location STRAUSS 1

Workshop 3

Sophie de Graaf, Leonie Jacobs, Olga Szczodry and Frank Tuyttens

Towards a unified definition of animal welfare among animal welfare scientists

Location BACH 3-4

Workshop 4

Björn Forkman

Welfare Quality: current state-of-the-art and a look into the future


Workshop 5

Paul Koene, Jose Kok and Jens Krause

Zoo Animal Welfare: are we happy together?

Location VILLA

18.15 First bus leaves for visit to Carus, Wageningen Campus

18.45 Second bus leaves for visit to Carus, Wageningen Campus

21.15 First bus leaves from Wageningen Campus to Reehorst Ede

21.45 Second bus leaves from Wageningen Campus to Reehorst Ede


Thursday 7 September 2017

8:00 Registration and information desk opens & coffee Location SALON CLAIRE

Session: Social networks in animal welfare Location THEATRE AZURE
Chair: Janice Siegford

8:30 – 9:15

Keynote lecture Jens Krause

Social network analysis: opportunities and challenges for applications in wild and domestic animal populations

9:15 – 9:30

Yuzhi Li*, Haifeng Zhang, Lee Johnston and Wayne Martin

Understanding tail biting in pigs through social network analysis

9:30 – 9:45

Borbala Foris*, Manuela Zebunke, Jan Langbein and Nina Melzer

Relationship between personality and social behaviour in dairy cattle

9:45 – 10:00

Simone Foister*, Andrea Doeschl-Wilson, Rainer Roehe, Laura Boyle and Simon Turner

Can aggressive network structures at mixing be used to predict lesion outcomes in pigs?

10:00 – 10:15

Jen-Yun Chou*, Emma M. Baxter and Lesley A. Smith

Effect of environmental enrichment on the social contact patterns of group housed sows

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break and posters Location SALON CLAIRE

Session: Welfare assessment / Genetics and animal welfare Location THEATRE AZURE
Chair: Jim Webster

10:45 – 11:00

Kaitlin Wurtz*; Janice Siegford; Ronald Bates;, Catherine Ernst; Juan Steibel

Genetic correlations between skin lesions and growth traits in group housed pigs

11:00 – 11:15

Pramot Mathur*, R.H. Vogelzang, Han Mulder and Egbert Knol

Genetic selection to enhance animal welfare using meat inspection data from slaughter plants

11:15 – 11:30

Juan Steibel*, Rodolfo Cantet and Janice Siegford

Modelling intensity of interaction to estimate direct and indirect genetic effects

11:30 – 11:45

Leonie Jacobs*, Evelyne Delezie, Klara Goethals, Bart Ampe, Luc Duchateau and Frank Tuyttens

Development and application of a pre-slaughter welfare monitoring protocol for broilers

11:45 – 12:00

Nienke Van Staaveren*, Bernadette Doyle, Edgar Manzanilla, Julia A. Calderón Díaz, Alison Hanlon and Laura A. Boyle

Validation of lesions on the carcass as indicators of pig welfare on farm

12.00 – 12.30 Lunch
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch and posters, authors of odd numbered posters will present their posters

Parallel session 1: Welfare assessment Parallel session 2: Welfare assessment
Chair: Marie Haskell Chair: Keelin O'Discroll

Location THEATRE AZURE Location BACHZAAL 1-3

14:00 – 14:30

Short keynote Peter Sandøe*, Thomas Bøker Lund, Björn Forkman and Matt Denwood

Should the contribution of one more lame cow depend on how many other cows on the farm are lame?

Short keynote

Fanny Pandolfi*, Ilias Kyriazakis, Katja Stoddart, Nina Wainwright and Sandra Edwards

Welfare benchmarking for commercially farmed pigs in the UK

14:30 – 14:45

Daniela Haager*, Christine Leeb and Christoph Winckler

Validation of hock lesions as welfare indicator in dairy cows

Gwendolyn Rudolph, Sabine Dippel, Davide Bochicchio, Sandra Edwards, Barbara Früh, Mirjam Holinger, Diane Holmes, Gudrun Illmann, Denise Knop, Armelle Prunier, Tine Rousing, Christoph Winckler and Christine Leeb*

Does animal health and welfare of organic pigs differ between husbandry systems?

14:45 – 15:00

Sabine Hartmann*, Verena Wesian, Christoph Winckler, Christine Berger, Marlene Berger, Edina Scherzer and Christine Leeb

Implementation of animal-based measures within an animal-welfare labelling scheme for steers

Tom Van Hertem*, Tomas Norton, Daniel Berckmans and Erik Vranken

The relation between impaired gait and automated monitoring of broiler flock activity levels

15:00 – 15:15

Marianne Villettaz Robichaud, Jeffrey Rushen, Anne Marie De Passillé, Elsa Vasseur*, Derek Haley, Karin Orsel and Doris Pellerin

Association between animal welfare standards and farm profitability on Canadian freestall dairies

Mona Franziska Giersberg*, Birgit Spindler and Nicole Kemper

Assessment of plumage and integument condition in dual-purpose breeds and conventional layers







15:15 – 15:30

Asja Ebinghaus*, Silvia Ivemeyer, Vanessa Lauks, Laura Santos, Kerstin Brügemann, Sven König and Ute Knierim

How to measure dairy cows´ responsiveness towards humans in breeding and welfare assessment?

Stephanie Buijs*, Christine Nicol, Francesca Booth, Gemma Richards and John Tarlton

Effects of automated monitoring equipment on laying hen behaviour

15:30 – 15:45

Frida Lundmark*, Charlotte Berg and Helena Röcklinsberg

Private animal welfare standards – opportunities and risks

Lauren Dawson*, Cate Dewey, Elizabeth Stone, Michele Guerin and Lee Niel

Development of an animal welfare assessment scheme for use in companion animal veterinary clinics

15:45 – 16:00

Bart Ampe*, Wouter Kraan, Emilie-Julie Bos, Annelies van Nuffel and Frank Tuyttens

Using data from electronic sow feeders for investigating the effect of lameness on feeding behaviour

Olga Szcodry, Maud Bonato*, Tonny Muhvali, Anel Engelbrecht, Irek Malecki and Schalk Cloete

Positive human-bird interactions improve welfare and production performance in the ostrich

16:00 – 16:15

Hanne Kongsted* and Jan Tind Sørensen

Abattoir data provide information on pig welfare at herd level in different production systems

Yu Zhang*, Laureline Guinnefollau and Clive Phillips

Effect of gaseous ammonia on eating and ruminating behaviour in sheep in simulated transport by sea

16:15 – 16:30

Herman Vermeer* and Johan van Riel

Enforcement of ‘open standards’ for animal welfare – climate in pig houses

Irena Czycholl*, Kathrin Büttner, Philipp Klingbeil, Michela Minero, Emanuela Dalla Costa, Francesca Dai and Joachim Krieter

Evaluation of the AWIN welfare assessment protocol for horses regarding animal-based indicators

16.40 Bus leaves for visit Zoo and conference Dinner to Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen

17.30 – 18.00 Arrival and drinks at the Zoo

18.00 – 18.30 Presentation: Measuring animal welfare in zoo animals

18.30 – 19.30 Guided Tour

19.30 – Congress Dinner and party

22.30 – First bus leaves to Ede

23.30 – Last bus leaves to Ede


Friday 8 September 2017

8.30 Registration and information desk open, coffee Location SALON CLAIRE

Session: Avoiding bias in science Location THEATRE AZURE
Chair: Christoph Winckler

9:00 – 9:45

Keynote lecture Jelte Wicherts

The weak spots of contemporary science and how to strengthen it

9:45 – 10:00

Nina Dam Otten*, Tine Rousing and Björn Forkman

Influence of professional affiliation on expert’s views on animal welfare criteria

10:00 – 10:15

Lena Friedrich*, Irena Czycholl, N. Kemper and J. Krieter

Reliability of the Welfare Quality® animal welfare assessment protocol for sows and piglets

10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break and posters

Session: Welfare assessment / Free papers
Chair: Stephanie Buijs

10:45 – 11:00

Penny Lawlis* and Tina Widowski

Training outcomes for animal based measures

11:00 – 11:15

Karina Gleerup, Teresa Collins, Gabrielle Musk, Timothy Hyndman, Heidi Lehmann, Craig Johnson and Michael Laurence

The use of pain faces for real-time assessment of pain in Bos indicus bull calves after castration

11:15 – 11:30

Laura Boyle*, John Mee and Joanna Marchewka

Risks to welfare associated with changes in infrastructure and management in expanding dairy herds

11:30 – 11:45

Kendy Teng*, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Charline Maertens De Noordhout, Paul Mcgreevy, Peter Bennett, Jenny-Ann Toribio and Navneet Dhand

Welfare-adjusted life years: combine welfare compromise and premature death to a whole

11:45 – 12:00

Catalina Medrano-Galarza*, Stephen Leblanc, Andria Jones-Bitton, Trevor Devries, Anne Marie de Passillé, Jeffrey Rushen, Marcia Endres and Derek Haley

Interdependence of management and automated milk feeders to ensure dairy calf health

12:00 – 12:30 Closing session

Including Best oral presentation award, and your vote for the Best Poster Awards

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (in a bag)