APL Co funding for cross sectoral project: Measures of animal welfare

Australian Pork Limited

  • Project code: PRJ-008414

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

  • Project completion date: Sunday, March 31, 2013

  • National Priority: CME-Priority 4-Ensuring food safety of Australian chicken meat


A critical review of welfare assessment measures and methodologies and systems for integrating them into a unifying index of animal welfare. The review will include recommendations of the most robust and credible welfare measures and assessment systems across or within species and identify knowledge gaps where further research and development is required.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

Australian Pork Limited

Objective Summary

1. Undertake a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on welfare measures and assessment. The review will:
• identify the most credible scientific measures/methodologies that could be developed into a uniform field index
• recommend where further research to validate welfare concepts and methodologies is required.
2. Examine novel methods to combine/integrate the best measures identified in (1.) into a uniform field index to assess animal welfare.