Reducing damaging behaviour in robust livestock farming

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This paper focuses on how farmers can reduce damaging behaviour in livestock farming by using robustness strategies. We suggest focusing not only on breeding and improvement of early life, but also on supporting adaptation to the environment by offering a suitable housing environment. First, we describe the theoretical background to robustness. Three different robustness strategies are then related to one external and two internal aspects of system vulnerability, namely, exposure, resistance and resilience. Subsequently, we investigate the extent to which robustness can contribute to the reduction of damaging behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
JournalNJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • laying hens
  • environmental enrichment
  • production systems
  • breeding programs
  • animal-welfare
  • pigs
  • traits
  • stress
  • sustainability
  • tuberculosis


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