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University LINKs Scheme

Universidad Mayor (Chile)

Dr ZapataDr Beatriz Zapata
School of Vedterinary Medicine
Email: beatriz.zapata@umayor.cl




In December, with the support for the UFAW LINK Scheme, a conference was held at University Mayor in Santiago, Chile.

Entitled “Strengthening of the value chain in the production of different eggs: the case of UK” its aim was to pass on knowledge obtained during a fact-finding trip conducted by a group of free range eggs producers and researchers to the UK. The group that travelled to the UK visited egg producers, NGOs and scientists in order to see how the production system is organized, particularly with regard to free range egg production and the operation of assurance schemes.

Dr Beatriz Zapata, UFAW’s LINK at University Mayor and trip leader, gave a summary of the findings to the audience of Chilean egg producers and Dr Aline Cristina Sant’Anna, from theUniversidade Federal de Juiz de For a, Brazil, talked on the welfare of laying hens and the situation in Brazil. At the end of theconference there was a round table discussion where the audience questioned the speakers.

The day after the meeting, D. Sant’Anna gave a lecture to undergraduate and graduate students from different veterinary schools about welfare for farm animals.

The overall result of this activity, apart from to strength the relevance of welfare of laying hens in farmers, veterinarians and students, was the beginning of a collaboration between University Mayor and Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora.