7 April 2021
A Harper Adams University Professor is among a range of UK experts who have spoken to the Guardian about their research on cattle welfare.
Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour Mark Rutter’s most recent research is aimed at demonstrating how developing an understanding of cattle’s natural behaviour can not only improve welfare – but also production efficiency.
He spoke to the Guardian’s Tom Levitt about how research has demonstrated that offering cattle a choice may be the best option for their welfare, telling him: “Cows are happier if they have the choice to go outdoors.”
He notes: ““The gold standard is to be able to go in and out depending on whether it’s good weather or not.”