One of the aims of the PPILOW project is to develop tools for organic and free-range farmers to monitor the welfare of their own animals. For this purpose, two apps have been developed: 1) the EBENE app for poultry farmers and 2) the PIGLOW app for pig farmers. With this two apps, poultry and pig farmers can conduct welfare […]
One of the PPILOW project activities is to create a web series of 10 episodes. The 1st video has been thought as a teaser with the goal to present, in general, the objectives and targets of the project. Enjoy this nice video!
– by Laura Van Vooren (BioForum) Bioforum facilitates two PPILOW National Practitioner Groups, one on layers and one on pigs. Both NPGs focus on organic production. The layer NPG, consisting of laying hen farmers, veterinarians, feed producers, breeders and retailers, expressed the need to work together on the topic of natural feed additives to promote […]
PPILOW Italian meeting “Innovative strategies to promote the welfare and products quality of extensive chickens: environmental enrichment and role of genetic strain”
– by Cesare Castellini (UNIPG) The Italian preliminary-PPILOW meeting will be held on 15 December 2021 at OSCARD BUSINESS CENTER BOLOGNA, SALA XL, Spazio Business Center, via Boldrini 18/A, Bologna. The meeting will propose innovative strategies to improve the welfare of chickens reared in extensive systems provided or not with environmental enrichments. Furthermore, a focus […]
Review: What are the challenges facing the table egg industry in the next decades and what can be done to address them?
– by Joel Gautron and Sophie Rehault-Godbert (INRAE) There has been a strong consumer demand to take welfare into account in animal production, including table eggs. This is particularly true in Europe and North America but increasingly around the world. We reviewed the main demands that is facing the egg industry driven by economic, societal […]
Two years of co-creation of innovations with the European practitioners, consumers and citizens in the PPILOW project!
– by Anne Collin (INRAE) The second annual meeting of the European PPILOW project (Poultry and PIG Low-input and Organic production systems’ Welfare, 2019-2024) was held from the 21st to the 23rd of September, 2021. During this 3-day online meeting, the PPILOW partners from 9 European countries shared with members of the project European Multiactor […]
After having actively contributed to the international conferences “Life Sciences for sustainable Development” (Cluj-Napoca, Romania, September 2020) and “6th International Mediterranean Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants” (October 15-17, Izmir, Turkey), the PPILOW partners co-organized with the three other European projects OK-Net EcoFeed, POWER and FreeBirds the Joint online Conference “Improving Sustainability and Welfare in […]
Mihai Horia Baieş (USAMV, PhD student) Mihai Horia Baieş graduated in 2019 in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. He is a PhD student at the Department of Parasitology and Parasitic Disease, scientific coordinator, Prof. Dr. Vasile COZMA. The topic of his doctoral thesis is “The […]
Improving the robustness of laying hens and piglets against parasitic and bacterial infections by innovative feeding strategies and optimal use of outdoor area rich in vegetation – by Ricarda M. Engberg (AU) , Marina Spinu and Vasile Cozma (USAMV)
In organic egg and pig production, parasitic and bacterial infections are considered a significant welfare issue causing gastrointestinal health problems eventually leading to production losses, increased morbidity and mortality. In order to maintain credibility of organic production, the use of drugs for therapy of parasitic and bacterial infections has to be kept to an absolute […]
Adapting the rearing of dual-purpose breeds in PPILOW experiments in times of avian influenza! – by H. Pluschke (Thuenen) with contributions Thuenen, INRAE, AU, ITAB and SYSAAF
Danish and German experiments compare both males and females of dual-purpose crossbreeds to local breeds and currently-used genotypes of layers and broilers, and males are also evaluated in France. These experiments are part of PPILOW strategies of Work package 5 aiming at proposing alternatives to the killing of day-old layer male chicks. However, since October […]