Welfare monitoring system : calculation of scores

Livestock Research

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In accordance with the Welfare Quality® (WQ) approach, an integration model has been constructed for the calculation of scores for welfare criteria for horses, based on expert opinion. A total of 10 experts were consulted during four 1-day sessions. Similar to the consultation of experts in previous projects that were part of WQ, experts were asked to assign scores to predefined situations and/or outcomes on virtual farms. These scores were then processed in agreement with the mathematical methodology that was developed within WQ (Botreau, 2008; Bonde et al, 2009). This report describes the methods proposed to calculate criterion-scores for horses.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLelystad
PublisherWageningen UR Livestock Research
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameRapport / Wageningen UR Livestock Research
PublisherWageningen UR Livestock Research
ISSN (Print)1570-8616


  • animal welfare
  • horses
  • quality
  • mathematical models
  • monitoring


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