Technological innovations to improve animal welfare in poultry and pigs




General Data

Member of UL: Veterinary faculty

Name of the leading partner: Assist. Prof. Manja Zupan

Status: partner

Project code/Project No.: V4-1817

Project Title: Technological innovations to improve animal welfare in poultry and pigs

Project period: 1. 11. 2018 – 31. 10. 2020

Yearly sum of FTE: 150.000 EUR

Leader (na VF): Olga Zorman Rojs

Scientific field: Biotechnical science

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Department of Animal Science
University of Ljubljana, Veterinary faculty
University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences
KGZS – KGZ Murska Sobota
Perutnina Ptuj


Project description


The welfare of farm animals has an important role in modern society.  The development of animal welfare can be achieved by the introduction of new knowledge in the fields of ethology, housing systems and health care. In the project three scientific organizations from two Slovenian universities together with the biggest poultry producer and public agricultural professional service are included.  Researchers from Veterinary faculty are focused mainly on poultry species; meat type turkeys, broilers and layers. For the first time, a report on the welfare of turkeys in Slovenian flocks will be provided and a draft protocol for assessment of turkey welfare will be developed. One of our goals is also to optimise the welfare assessment protocol for broilers and to introduce diagnostic methods for detection of keel bone deformities in laying hens.


Structure of the project group