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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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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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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Does your wallet match your ethics?

We hear it all the time…consumers say they would buy higher welfare products. However we also know that when it comes to the point of purchase, sales data shows us differently. Therefore we decided to commission some research into what consumer attitudes to animal welfare actually are and to get beneath the surface of this […]

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Animal health and welfare day 2018

Last Thursday (8th March) our 2018 Animal Health and Welfare Day saw the best turnout yet. The day, which we jointly hosted with the University of Bristol Veterinary School is an annual event which brings together academics, researchers, NGOs, major retailers, journalists and industry partners across the food sector. The theme of the day was […]

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Second Good Pig Award for Winterbotham Darby and partners

Winterbotham Darby are extremely proud to announce, for the second year running, Good Pig Awards in conjunction with two of their European supply partners – Marcos and Madeo. These prestigious accolades were presented recently at the Compassion in World Farming ‘Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards’ in London, hosted by Environmental Journalist and broadcaster, Lucy Siegle. […]

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Accelerating Progress in Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Day For our business animal welfare plays a key strategic role. We were the first to establish Farm Assurance schemes for pigs across Europe and Animal Welfare continues to be central to our business. We understand and believe that there is a need to continue to improve conditions for pigs on European farms […]

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Winterbotham Darby production partner wins Good Pig Award

We are absolutely delighted that one of our Italian production partners has, with our collaboration, been awarded the Good Pig Award 2016 by Compassion in World Farming. This is in recognition of the 5 years of work which has been carried out to raise standards for pig welfare at their farms. This award is a […]

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