Scientific Opinion on the overall effects of farming systems on dairy cow welfare and disease


Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
Panel Members
Bo Algers, Harry J. Blokhuis, Anette Botner, Donald M. Broom, Patrizia Costa, Mariano Domingo, Mathias Greiner, Jörg Hartung, Frank Koenen, Christine Müller-Graf, Raj Mohan, David B. Morton, Albert Osterhaus, Dirk U. Pfeiffer, Ron Roberts, Moez Sanaa, Mo Salman, J. Michael Sharp, Philippe Vannier, Martin Wierup.

The European Food Safety Authority and the AHAW Panel wish to thank the following members of the Working Group: Donald Broom, Jörg Hartung, Bo Algers, Giuseppe Bertoni, Jos Metz, Lena Lidfors, George Stilwell, Lene Munksgaard, Frans Smulders, Telmo Nunes, Pascal Oltenacu, Jürgen Rehage, Jeffrey Rushen, Susanne Waiblinger, John Webster and Elsbeth Stassen for the development of this Scientific Opinion. The European Food Safety Authority and the AHAW Panel also wish to thank Tine van Werven and Roel Veerkamp for their contribution to the chapters on mastitis and metabolic and reproductive disorders, respectively. For their contribution on the chapter on dairy cow disease, Ad Moen and Murray Corke are also gratefully acknowledged. The scientific co-ordination for this Scientific Opinion has been undertaken by the EFSA AHAW Panel Scientific Officers Denise Candiani and Oriol Ribó.

Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
Question Number
5 June 2009
Published in the EFSA Journal
9 July 2009
Last Updated
8 October 2009. This version replaces the previous one/s.
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy

No abstract available

animal welfare, dairy cows, udder, mastitis, risk assessment, housing, nutrition and feeding, management, genetic selection, farming systems.