Animal Transport Guides – Newsletter

Animal Transport Guidelines Project

The European Commission, DG Sante project aims to improve animal welfare around transport. The project will develop and disseminate Guides to Good and Best Practice for animals transported within Europe and to third countries for slaughter, fattening and breeding. Guides will be developed for cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep transport. The project started in May 2015 and will finish by the end of 2018.

The project is divided into 5 tasks
•Task 1: Collection
Collect and collate appropriate best practices implemented and supported by scientific evidence
•Task 2 and 3: Development
Develop practical guidelines with those that will use it
•Task 4: Dissemination
Disseminate these guidelines through the networks of the main European stakeholder groups involved
•Task 5: Verification
To verify if the new transport guidelines reached the end-users

See the project website for more information (e.g. guides, factsheets and roadshows; available in 8 languages: English, German, French, Greek, Romanian, Polish, Spanish and Italian).

You can also sign up for the newsletter of the Animal Transport Guidelines project.


App warns for feather pecking (article in Dutch)

App waarschuwt tegen pikkerij bij legkippen

Een pluimvee-app van Voergroep Zuid voorspelt de kans op pikkerij en geeft aan of een koppel kippen daar weinig, matig of extreem gevoelig voor is.

De waarschuwing wordt gedaan tijdens drie cruciale perioden in het kippenleven: op pakweg 15 weken leeftijd, bij opzet in de legstal en tijdens de piekperiode, vanaf 27 weken. Voor al deze periodes geeft de app een advies wat een kippenboer kan doen om pikkerij in het koppel te voorkomen, dan wel aan te pakken.

Lees meer (op de site van de Boerderij; alleen toegankelijk voor leden)

Note: The App can be downloaded for free here.

HenHub newsletter

We are about to start distributing the HenHub newsletter. The plan is to send the newsletter with news items collected as published in posts on the HenHub on a monthly basis.

In addition to our collection of news items, the HenHub website contains information about the topics feather pecking and end-of-lay of laying hens.

HenHub is part of the Hennovation project, which has its own hennovelties newsletter.

You may submit potential news items for the HenHub newsletter to Marc . Bracke [At]


New link to Poultry diseases web site

Good health is important to prevent feather pecking (see our henhub page). To find out more about poultry health this website may be of use:

This resource on poultry diseases is authored and updated by Dr. Nati Elkin, a poultry diseases specialist.

The website contains an atlas of pathology which provides images and text that demonstrate gross pathological findings associated with poultry disease conditions. Publications include full-text articles on poultry diseases (authored by international experts), a comprehensive archive of news updated daily, a calendar of international events, and much more.