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Wel­co­me to the sec­tion farm ani­mal be­ha­viour and ani­mal hus­bandry at the department of organic agricultural sciences from university of Kassel under the head of Prof. Dr. Ute Knierim


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section farm animal behaviour and animal husbandry

At the cross point of farm animal behaviour and animal husbandry we especially work on the assessment of animal welfare and on possibilities to improve welfare



    Consequently, our research priorities are as follows:
    - Methods of welfare assessment
    - Analysis of the influence of housing conditions and management on the behaviour and health of dairy cows
    - Analysis of the influence of housing conditions and management, especially during the early ontogeny, on feather pecking and cannibalism of poultry
    - Analysis of potentials to improve animal welfare, especially through environmental enrichment and the consideration of aspects of social behaviour

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    We teach:

    - Contents and methods of applied farm animal ethology
    - Aspects of animal husbandry as regards construction, technology, and economy
    - Ethical and legal aspects of animal welfare

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    We are a training center recognized by the State Veterinary Chamber of Hesse for the specialist veterinary training for the areas "animal welfare" and "behavioral science".