Winterbotham Darby scoops another Compassion in World Farming Award

We are extremely proud to announce a Good Sow Commendation in conjunction with our French supply partners, SACOR, for their Bastides Selection. This award – our sixth – recognises the work that has been carried out with French farmers to improve the welfare of sows. This prestigious accolade was awarded as part of the Compassion […]

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Benefits of environmental enrichment on pig health and welfare

Recent research suggests that short pulses of enrichment induced behaviour may have beneficial effects on the brain in terms of improved emotional state and reduced inflammation. The beneficial effects of environmental enrichment on the reduction and prevention of harmful behaviours in captive animals are well known, however research into its effects on neural development and […]

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Production Partner Focus – Madeo, Italy

Each month we run a profile on our high welfare production partners and this month it’s the turn of Good Pig Award 2017 winners Madeo. More from Anna Madeo… Who are Madeo and what is their history? Madeo was the brainchild of Ernesto Madeo who, along with his family, started his breeding farming in 1984. […]

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Animal Health and Welfare courses – May 2019

From across our network here are some dates for training events, conference or workshops Tuesday 14th May – Welfare Indicators for Novel Species in Aquaculture – Swansea This event is free but booking is essential (via eventbrite here) For more information on the event, you can download a flier here  

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Animal welfare training

Two weeks ago Maria and Louisa from our Farm Assurance and Welfare team attended the Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) and Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO) courses run by University of Bristol, Veterinary School at Langford.   Our WD Farm Assurance managers, key personnel from our production partners and our independent auditors (KIWA Agri-Food) are committed to participating in […]

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Pain management trials – an update

You may remember that last month we featured one of our industry partners, Medical Ethics Pty Ltd. They have recently completed a number of studies for their Tri-Solfen® anaesthetic and analgesia product. The objective being to verify the safety and efficacy in mitigating pain during and after piglet castration. We spoke to Allan Giffard, Managing […]

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Production partner focus – Italy

We work with a large number of European production partners and in each newsletter we will highlight one of our welfare partners. This time it’s the turn of Italian partner, Citterio. Winterbotham Darby and Citterio have now been working together since 2007 and in that time have developed a fantastic partnership approach. They have a […]

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Free farrowing – a case study

The majority of sows reared in indoor, commercial pig production farms farrow their piglets in crates. Farrowing crates were originally introduced to reduce the risk of sows crushing their piglets,by limiting the sow’s movement, particularly as they lie down. However farrowing crates raise serious animal welfare concerns, as they limit the most basic behaviours of […]

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Medical Ethics

As part of our focus on the Winterbotham Darby European Farm Partnership, we caught up with Charles ‘Chick’ Olsson, co-founder of Medical Ethics, to find out more about what they do and why they want to be a part of the EFP. We’re an Australian Research and Development company, which was set up in 2005. […]

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Special Recognition Award for Winterbotham Darby

We’re over the moon to announce that we’ve received a Special Recognition Award at the Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards in Paris (Thursday 21st June). The award recognises companies that demonstrate outstanding innovation, commitment or achievement in a particular area of farm animal welfare.  To date, Unilever is the only […]

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