Breeding Strategies to meet societal concerns | Data from the production chain for sustainable animal production
The production systems of farm animals are under scrutiny. Systems have to change under pressure from citizen groups and NGO’s towards providing a living environment for animals in which they thrive without the need to apply treatments such as tail-docking, beak-trimming, de-spurring and teeth-clipping. At the same time the environmental constraints increase. Both developments are likely to increase the cost of production, but the revenue is likely to decrease under influence of globalised market conditions. Only acceptable, competitive and cost-effective animal production chains have a future.