This article shows that the additional costs associated with higher welfare systems may be relatively small in some cases. Moreover, sometimes there is a ‘win-win’ with improved welfare producing economic benefits. For example, animals with higher welfare may be healthier resulting in lower veterinary costs and reduced disease and mortality as well as in some instances better growth rates and feed conversion.
The economic implications of introducing higher standards of animal welfare are complex and may vary between countries depending on factors such as differing costs of land, building materials, feed and labour. This article serves as an introduction to this area.Download: Economic Implications Of Moving To Improved Standards Of Animal Welfare 2014 | Size (0.33MB)