Masters project on „Pig welfare and environmental considerations in outdoor production systems”
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Teagasc
This Masters project aims to characterise the welfare of pigs and their environment in different outdoor production systems while contributing to the development of a roadmap for a proportion of Irish farmers to transition to such systems. The student will be part of a multidisciplinary team working on a 4-year project that will use a 'One Welfare' framework to develop alternative high welfare pig production systems (OneWelPig). S/he will collect data on pigs and their environment through visits to farms around the country (including Northern Ireland) and will contribute to the development of an online survey to collect data on management and feeding practices. The student who will be based fulltime at Teagasc Moorepark, will gain experience of survey design, on-farm data collection, and analysis through to scientific writing and communication of research findings to a variety of audiences.