Good animal welfare in dairy farms – gains for animals, farmers and society

Last changed: 04 January 2023

Good profitability is important for most dairy farmers. In this project, we will investigate how different animal welfare levels affect farm economy and also possible implications at societal level, in short and long term.

The Swedish Animal Welfare Act is, in some areas, stricter than current EU legislation. Some stakeholders believe that this can imply increased costs and not provide sufficient competitive advantage.

In this multidisciplinary project, focusing on dairy herds, we will assess costs and benefits associated with different animal welfare improving practices at farm level. We will also study how and which external effects that are affected by different animal welfare levels.

Additionally, this project will strengthen the link between animal science, veterinary medicine and economics


This project is completed

Projekttid: 2018-12-01 - 2021-11-30

Financiär: Formas


SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) Lincoln University New Zealand


Karin Alvåsen
Researcher at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Veterinary Epidemiology Unit

Telephone: 018-671323, 070-5413227