Public consultation on the welfare of dairy cows in small scale farms

13 February 2015
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Extended deadline: 13 February 2015

EFSA has launched an open consultation on the draft document addressing the first term of reference of the mandate received from the European Commission requesting EFSA for a review of the available description and categorisation of small scale farms for dairy cows.

In particular, the document includes a chapter on the interpretation of the mandate by the members of the working group, an overview of the European dairy cow population and of the size of the holdings in different countries as derived from the Farm Structure Survey run by Eurostat in 2010, and finally a definition and a description into few categories of such  small scale dairy farms, as derived from the development of the first two objectives of a parallel outsourced procurement project (“Preparatory work for the scientific opinion on welfare assessment of dairy cows in small scale farming systems”).

In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency and in order for EFSA to receive comments from the scientific community and stakeholders, EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft document developed by the AHAW Panel of EFSA.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 13 February 2015. Please use exclusively the electronic template provided with the documents to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by e-mail or by post cannot be taken into account and that a submission will not be considered if it is:

  • submitted after the deadline set out in the call
  • presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • not related to the contents of the document
  • contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • is related to policy or risk management aspects, which is out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.
All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.

Submit comments (deadline: 13 February 2015)

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