Advancing cattle well-being
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 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. With the Care4Cattle grant we want to help facilitate the initiation or continuation of innovative and practice-oriented ways to advance dairy and beef cattle well-being on the farm.
Out of the received submissions a panel of independent animal well-being experts from academia and the public sector, as well as representatives of the World Farmers’ Organisation and Bayer will select the projects that will receive funding and the respective grant volume.
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.”
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.”
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.”
A panel of independent animal well-being experts from academia and the public sector.
President, Canadian Federation of Agriculture & former World Farmer’s Organisation board member
Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico & Coordinator, OIE Collaborating Centre on Animal Welfare
Executive Director, Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Professor, Department of Animal and Food Science, School of Veterinary Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Animal Welfare Group, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Austral de Chile
Learn more about the commitment to animal well-being by Bayer here.
1. What is the Care4Cattle Grant?
Care4Cattle is a global Bayer initiative that aims to support innovative-thinking livestock professionals by helping facilitate the initiation or continuation of practice-oriented ways to advance dairy and beef cattle well-being on farm level with a total of €30,000 in grant funding. The Care4Cattle initiative is part of Bayer’s commitment to advance animal well-being globally. It is supported by the World Farmers’ Organisation.
2. How will the grant winners be selected?
The grant winners as well as the funding amount will be determined by a jury. The jury consists of independent animal well-being experts from academia and the public sector, as well as of representatives of the World Farmers’ Organisation and Bayer.
3. What will the winners receive?
The total volume of the Care4Cattle grant is €30,000. The jury will determine the grant funding allocated for each of the selected projects. Additionally, successful candidates can benefit from the knowledge, links and networks of the World Farmers’ Organisation and the expertise held within Animal Health at Bayer.
4. Who is eligible to apply?
The application for the grant is open to individuals aged 18 and above who have a clear and practical connection to cattle farming – farmers, farm animal keepers, practicing veterinarians, researchers or graduate students in veterinary, animal or agricultural science. Bayer employees and their family members are excluded. Please refer to the Care4Cattle terms and conditions for more details.
5. What is the deadline for submissions?
Applicants could send in their submissions until 25 June 2018.
6. Do applicants retain the intellectual rights to the submitted project?
Yes, the applicant retains all proprietary rights, in particular copyrights relating to any images or videos submitted in the context of the application. However, by submitting a project proposal, applicants agree to allow Bayer, the World Farmers’ Organisation, appointed associates and partner organisations to reproduce, publish and use project related material and information.
7. Can applicants submit more than one project?
Applicants may submit as many projects as they wish.
8. What will the jury look for in a project?
The Care4Cattle jury will assess submissions based on their innovative approach, impact on cattle well-being, on-farm practicality, economic viability, as well as added value to farming operations. Projects submitted must be already in the process of implementation or about to commence in 2018, with clearly defined project milestones.
9. What language(s) are accepted for submission?
Submissions in English are preferred. However, we can also consider submissions in other languages if necessary. Please reach out to your local Bayer or World Farmers’ Organisation representative if you need assistance.
10. When will the grant recipients be announced? What happens after that?
The grant recipients will be announced in quarter three of 2018. Bayer will equip selected projects with grant support and follow-up with them on implementation milestones.
- The application for the grant is open to individuals that must be farmers, farm animal keepers, practicing veterinarians, researchers or graduate students in veterinary, animal or agricultural science.
- By submitting a project, applicants warrant that he/she is sole owner of any ideas/proposals and that submissions are made in line with applicable laws the applicant is subject to.
- By submitting a project, applicants warrant that he/she owns all proprietary rights, in particular copyrights relating to any images or videos submitted in the context of the application. Applicants further agree to allow Bayer Animal Health GmbH and its affiliates (“Bayer”), the World Farmers’ Organisation, appointed associates and partner organisations to reproduce, publish and use project related material and information, including but not limited to such material mentioned in clause 5 below (altogether “Material”) for internal and external publications (all media types) of Bayer, in particular advertising material issued by Bayer and communications activities around Care4Cattle and advancing animal well-being for an unlimited period and in an unlimited geographical area. Use of the Material on social networking websites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter etc. is permitted. Bayer is allowed to grant sublicenses necessary to publish there. Finalists and grant recipients must be willing to produce a short video on their project for promotional purposes. Furthermore, finalists and grant recipients must be available and willing to attend a presentation ceremony and participate in other recognition activities, which include but not limited to interviews, articles, webinars, events, social media and press releases. Accordingly, applicants acknowledge and agree that projects submitted by them may become public and open to third parties.
- The project selection criteria will include: relevance and feasibility in practice, innovation, impact on cattle well-being, economic viability and added value to farming operations.
- Applicants are required to submit a project proposal via the online submission form with a clearly defined scope, progress milestones and anticipated outcomes and impact. Furthermore, applicants are required to submit at least one picture related to the project and add a letter of motivation.
- The proposed project is either ongoing or must commence in 2018.
- Bayer employees, their spouses and persons related to them in a first degree direct line or related to them directly collaterally are not eligible to apply for the grant.
Terms and Conditions
- The Care4Cattle grant is a Bayer grant supported by the World Farmers’ Organisation.
- Bayer facilitates the selection process of the grant and finances the projects exclusively.
- The jury takes an independent and transparent decision which projects will receive funding.
- The jury will consist of independent animal well-being experts from academia, and the public sector as well representatives of the World Farmers’ Organisation and Bayer.
- If no candidate meets the requisites of the Care4Cattle grant Bayer reserves the right not to grant the award at any stage.
- The grant may be disbursed by Bayer to the respective projects according to progress milestones.
- Applicants must be legal adults in the applicant’s home country for which the participant holds a valid passport or permanent residency.
- Bayer’s Care4Cattle initiative does not commit Bayer to award a grant or to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a request.
- Bayer reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received as a result of the initiative or to cancel in part or in its entirety this initiative at any time without prior notification or permission.
- By submitting a project, applicants warrant that he/she is aware that the provided information will be regarded as, and deemed to be, non-confidential, and that Bayer shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such information.
- In addition, applicants consent to the storage and processing of personal data as provided in this application by Bayer and the Care4Cattle jury for the purpose of evaluating this project.
- Applicants warrant that, to the best of their knowledge, their project is unique and there is nothing similar already implemented.
- The application must be submitted via Bayer online submission form.