Commitment + Responsibility


At Bayer, we believe that taking care of the well-being of animals is the right thing to do and that it goes hand-in-hand with the health of animals.

Every day, we witness the remarkable commitment livestock professionals have in ensuring that their animals are healthy and well cared for. But we also see the challenges they face. This is why Bayer is committed to support them in their efforts to advance animal well-being.

In collaboration with the World Farmers' Organisation we asked for livestock professionals around the world to share their on-farm innovations that have advanced dairy and beef cattle well-being.

From over 100 entries, across 37 countries a panel of independent animal well-being experts selected three stand-out projects.

What is Care4Cattle? Care4Cattle

Care4Cattle is another meaningful example of Bayer’s strong commitment to advancing animal well-being around the world. It is a global grant that provides the tools and resources for innovators in cattle well-being and allows Bayer to offer direct and targeted support for farmers and veterinarians. Care4Cattle offers a total grant funding of €30,000 to help facilitate the initiation or continuation of innovative and practice-oriented ways to advance dairy and beef cattle well-being on the farm.

Because advancing well-being

benefits the animals and benefits all of us.

Care4Cattle Grant Recipients

Dominique Van der Saag

Practical Solution for Pain Relief
Dr Dominique Van der Saag – Australia
Van der Saag was selected for her research into novel ways in which calves could self-administer analgesia after standard husbandry procedures, which can cause animals stress both during and after the procedure. Van der Saag and her team of five others, created a simple idea – to use medicated lick blocks, which allow the animals to receive a constant level of pain relief, in a way that limits the need to handle the animals; therefore improving their well-being.

“The repeated handling and treatment of animals can be detrimental to their well-being, so self-administration of analgesia through lick blocks, has the potential for extended pain relief at the same time as reducing the stress these animals may feel. This is the first step towards something that could be much bigger. Currently there are no practical options for long lasting pain relief, which is needed for various conditions.”

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Mateus Paranhos da Costa

Improving Weaning Methods
Professor Mateus Paranhos da Costa – Brazil
Paranhos da Costa’s study into the effects different weaning methods can have on the well-being of beef calves, was another project granted funding by the Care4Cattle initiative. By monitoring elements such as weight gain of calves throughout varying weaning methods, his research will be able to see the impact each method has on the overall well-being of the calf. Ultimately, Paranhos and his team aims to be able to recommend appropriate weaning approaches for the benefit of the animals across Latin America.

“The way that calves are usually weaned in Brazil can be stressful for both the animals and handlers. That is why we decided to address this subject and look for a better way to wean the beef calves. The Care4Cattle grant will allow us to refine this methodology and to spread our knowledge to livestock professionals involved with this handling procedure.”

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Reuben Newsome

Equipping Dairy Farmers to Better Detect and Manage Lameness
Reuben Newsome, The Cattle Lameness Academy – United Kingdom
The third winning submission was The Cattle Lameness Academy. This team of veterinary experts educate and promote proactive discussions with farmers to help them tackle the problem of lameness in cattle. They plan to use their funding to create a modular training platform using videos, where they can help support farmers in dealing with the rising threat of lameness. The tool will aim to empower farmers and help them detect problems around lameness early, and equip them with the necessary know-how and practical support in order to address it.

“The future of lameness in cattle is very worrying and it has to change, for the benefit of cattle well-being and farm productivity. We hope to provide farmers with the knowledge and expertise to address and overcome the challenge of lameness, therefore maintaining their place in sustainable agriculture.”

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The Care4Cattle Jury

A panel of independent animal well-being experts from academia and the public sector.

Ron Bonnett
President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture & former World Farmer’s Organisation board member

Francisco Galindo
Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico & Coordinator, OIE Collaborating Centre on Animal Welfare

Ruaraidh Petre
Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Xavier Manteca
Professor, Department of Animal and Food Science, School of Veterinary Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Carmen Gallo
Animal Welfare Group, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Austral de Chile

Learn more about Bayer's commitment to advancing animal well-being here.