Every day, livestock professionals around the world demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the well-being and health of the animals in their care. In support of their dedication, Bayer has launched a 30,000 euro global Care4Cattle initiative aimed at recognizing innovative thinking that can advance animal well-being, in partnership with the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).
According to the announcement, the Care4Cattle initiative offers supportive grants to livestock veterinarians, farmers and scientists who are working to further enhance dairy and beef cattle well-being in innovative and practice-oriented ways on the farm level.
Dirk Ehle, head of animal health at Bayer, said, “Care4Cattle is our next exciting contribution to advancing animal well-being, and we are pleased to partner with the World Farmers’ Organisation. Through Care4Cattle, we can support livestock professionals’ continued efforts to advance animal well-being, encourage more innovative thinking and help turn great ideas into reality for the benefit of the animals. Taking care of the well-being of animals is the right thing to do.”
WFO president Theo De Jager said, “Animal well-being is of growing emphasis around the world. Effective implementation of sustainable animal well-being standards requires constant innovation, as well as a strong partnership between farmers, industry, all levels of government and the community. For these reasons, we are pleased to be able to collaborate with Bayer on this project. Improving cattle well-being at the farm level benefits the animals, and this ultimately also benefits the farmers.”
The Care4Cattle initiative offers livestock professionals the financial assistance to further advance dairy and beef cattle well-being on the farm, the announcement said. Bayer will award total funding of 30,000 euros in support of projects selected by a jury comprised of independent animal well-being experts, alongside representatives from WFO and Bayer.
Submissions for the Care4Cattle grant are welcome from farmers and farm animal keepers, practicing veterinarians working closely with farmers to implement well-being advancements, as well as researchers and graduate students in veterinary medicine or animal science who engage with farmers in research on cattle well-being. The projects need to demonstrate innovative, practice-oriented ways to improve cattle well-being at the farm level.
Submissions will be accepted until June 25.
Visit http://go.bayer.com/Care4Cattle to find out more about the Care4Cattle grant and to apply.