Neonatal mortality does not only depend on the design of the farrowing crate, but also on genetic and management factors, as well as litter size, especially with the increased use of hyper-prolific dam lines.
Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA). Spain
Dr. Antonio Velarde is a researcher in IRTA (Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology-Spain) leading different projects on animal welfare. He started his scientific work in the section of ethology at the School of Veterinary Science of Barcelona on a project on effect on stunning system on welfare and meat quality in pigs and sheep.
Main research projects and interests include the European projects “Integration of animal welfare in the food quality chain: from public concern to improved welfare and transparent quality (Welfare Quality® - Food-CT-2004-506508. 2004-2009), and “Religious slaughter: improving knowledge and expertise through dialogue and debate on issues of welfare, legislation and socio-economic aspects (DIALREL- 043075. 2006-2009).
He has published many papers in international and national journals and has been member of the working groups ‘on the welfare aspects of animal stunning and killing methods’ and ‘Welfare aspects of piglets castration’ of the Panel on Animal Health and Animal Welfare of the European Food Safety Authority.
Updated CV 24-Dec-2012
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