Are you a laying hen poultry or broiler farmer achieving good animal welfare? If the answer is yes, then we want to hear from you!

We are looking for farmers to take part in a Defra-funded research project to inform the development of a future voluntary scheme to financially support farmers in delivering good animal welfare.

We would like to speak to farmers that have welfare enhancements in place, are achieving good animal welfare and/or are part of a higher welfare or organic farm assurance scheme.

In particular, we are looking for farmers who are doing or have achieved any of the below:

Laying hens

  • Good feather cover with fully beaked or beak-trimmed birds;
  • Good range use promoted by enhanced outdoor ranges (e.g. with trees or other features/enhancements to encourage range use)

Broiler Chickens

  • Rearing slow-growing strains
  • Rearing to reduced stocking rates
  • Encouraging range use with enhanced outdoor ranges (e.g. with trees or other features/enhancements to promote range use)

We’re also looking for the views of sheeppigdairy and beef farmers.

What is involved?

Project participants will need to fill out an online survey about their farming system and welfare enhancements. Once the survey is complete, a follow up call will be arranged with a researcher to discuss the costs and welfare benefits in more detail.

Farmers will be paid £100 for taking part to compensate for their time.

Farmers will need to provide welfare, performance and cost records and be willing to discuss their experience of implementing higher welfare enhancements.

If you or someone you know is achieving one or more of the above welfare enhancements, then please contact our livestock consultant Hannah Baldwin or call 07785 708545 to register your interest.

All data collected will remain strictly confidential and any farms that take part will not be identifiable in the results.