The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

Farm Animal Welfare

Farm animal welfare resources: pigs, sheep, chickens, dairy, and beef.


About the resource

Animals are farmed in every country to meet requirements for food production. Concerns about the ways in which these animals might be kept are frequently expressed. Here we discuss the main ways in which animals are farmed, and what opportunities there are to improve welfare.  

The farm animal welfare resources focus on the welfare of commonly farmed species: sheep, pigs, dairy cows, beef cows, chickens (broilers and layers), as well as covering methods of welfare assessment. There are a range of videos and resources which have been developed by experts in the field of animal welfare and behaviour at SRUC and University of Edinburgh.


Video footage has been filmed opportunistically. The videos may contain some scenes of animal farming that some viewers may find upsetting. Images may be owned by the University of Edinburgh or sourced under Creative Commons license from other organisations or individuals. The University of Edinburgh and the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) does not take any liability or responsibility for anyone who uses or misuses the content within the videos.


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Further Resources

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Resources page


Animal welfare and sustainability - March 2022

Dealing with the climate crisis and ensuring food security are vital components of agricultural policy. Animal welfare and sustainable food production methods are part of this debate but are often thought to be in opposition. Access the recording


Watch the introduction video from Professor Cathy Dwyer.

Video: Farm Animal Welfare Introduction
Farm animal welfare introduction