The FAWEC organizes webinars on animal welfare which cover specific issues on swine and cattle welfare.

Pain and discomfort caused by parturition in sows



Date and time: 26th November 2018 at 4p.m. CET.

Speaker: Dr. Eva Mainau

Language: English

Content: Farrowing difficulties may have negative effects on the health of sows and increase perinatal mortality. This webinar will focus on pain caused by farrowing.  The main causes and consequences of pain during farrowing, the main indicators of pain at farrowing and the effect of analgesia after parturition will be discussed. The goal is to increase the knowledge about the peripartum period in sows in order to optimize the farrowing process and improve health, welfare and productivity.

Duration: The webinar will include a formal presentation of 30 minutes followed by a discussion of up to 15 minutes.

Target audience: Veterinarians working on pig production or in the livestock sector in general.

Procedure: On 26th of November at 4.00 p.m. CET, please connect to www.fawec.org. No password will be required. During and after the webinar, participants can send questions or comments through the chat available on the same webpage.

System requirements: No special requirements are needed. However, and updated browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari...), Java Script or similar, stable internet connection and speakers or headphones are required.


Will the EU manage to phase out surgical castration of pigs?

Date and time: Monday 9th of July 2018, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. CET

Speaker: Déborah Temple

Language: English

Guest speakers from the Animal Welfare Working Group, FVE, during the live discussion

Content: The deadlines of January 1st, 2012, and of 2018 of the “European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs” are far from being met and there is a lack of consensus on the animal welfare implications and the feasibility  of  the alternatives to surgical castration without analgesia/anaesthesia. Although countries using analgesia/anaesthesia routinely find this method practical and effective, only few countries seem to aim at meeting the deadline to phase out surgical castration completely. A recent survey from the FVE pointed out those important issues that will be discussed during the webinar.

Pain in sheep

Date and time: March 23rd 2017 at 4.00 p.m. CET

Speaker: Dr. Xavier Manteca

Language: English

Content: Pain is a major welfare issue and sheep may experience pain as a result of several medical conditions, hoof injuries and mastitis being the most important ones. Some husbandry practices such as tail-docking and castration, which are carried out in several countries, are also painful. Pain management in sheep is often inadequate and this is partly due to the alleged difficulty to identify pain in this species. The objective of this webinar is to discuss the main indicators of pain in sheep as well as the main strategies to prevent and treat pain in this species.


Welfare issues at dry-off in dairy cattle


Date and time: December 17th 2015 at 4.00 p.m. CET.

Speaker: Dr. Xavier Manteca

Language: English

Content: Drying period is critically important for the welfare of dairy cattle and their production in the following lactation. The webinar will review the main welfare problems at dry-off: risk of intramammary infections, pain and discomfort due to udder engorgement, feed restriction and stress due to regrouping and competition. Some important recommendations on husbandry practices will be explained, such as providing cows with a dry, clean and comfortable resting area, and avoiding competition as much as possible when regrouping,. The benefits of reducing udder engorgement will also be discussed.


Use of semiochemicals to improve farm animal welfare

Date and time: March 25th 2015 at 4.00 p.m. CET.

Speaker: Dr. Xavier Manteca

Language: English

Content: Pheromones are a particular class of semiochemicals which play an important role in intra-specific communication in a wide variety of animals, including livestock species. The webinar will review some of the evidence showing that the use of pheromones can be useful to improve the welfare and performance of farm animals by modifying their behaviour or by reducing their stress and fear responses.

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