Three projects from Australia, Brazil, and the UK won the ‘Care4Cattle’ grant for innovations in advancing the well-being of cattle, launched by German multinational, Bayer, in March 2018.

In collaboration with the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), Bayer launched its global Care4Cattle initiative with the aim of recognising and supporting innovative-thinking livestock professionals who have created new ways of advancing beef and dairy cattle well-being on the farm.

Bayer says the initiative received over 100 entries across 37 countries, highlighting how the advancement of animal well-being is of importance to the on-going progress of the livestock industry. Three projects were selected to jointly receive the €30,000 Care4Cattle grant funding; “Practical solution for pain relief” by Dr Dominique van der Saag (Australia); “Improving weaning methods” by Professor Mateus Paranhos da Costa (Brazil); and “Equipping dairy farmers to better detect and manage lameness” by The Cattle Lameness Academy (UK).

“From the number of applications received, it is evident that the well-being of cattle is of great interest and a priority among livestock professionals around the world”, said Ron Bonnett, Member of the Care4Cattle jury and former WFO Board Member. “There were many good ideas that will make a difference to enhancing cattle well-being on the farm – each in their local context and environment. This is promising and we hope that even more livestock professionals across the world will be inspired with new and innovative ways of caring for their cattle.”

From ILM