Livestock Health and Welfare

The focus of our research into livestock is to provide scientific support for welfare and animal health improvement and to provide robust welfare outcome methodologies that can be used in a commercial context.

Recently the work has been extended to consider the economic and policy value of positive welfare/good life opportunities in livestock species and calf welfare assessment measures. We also have expertise in epidemiology which enables us to extend quantitative approaches to animal health and welfare. A second approach has been in establishing farmer-led innovation networks (FLIN). The main aim of FLIN is to understand, learn from and ‘power up’ farmer-led research and innovation initiatives in the UK and increase the impact of these types of initiative across the industry. 

Cluster members

Professor David Main

Dr Simon Daniels

Dr Katharina Giebel

Dr Jessica Stokes

Dr Lisa Williams van Dijk

Emily Bull (Post-doctoral research assistant)



Highlight projects

Current projects

Current Doctoral Research projects

  • Emily Bull PhD: ‘Designing for calf health. A user-centred approach to tackling Bovine Respiratory Disease in the UK dairy-bred beef sector’
  • Mukhtar Muhammed PhD: ‘Exploring the articulation of welfare in farm animals in the UK’